Despite the Biden administration’s repeated efforts to skirt the blame for the disaster at the Southern border, the blame rests squarely on the president’s shoulders. During an interview with investigative journalist Sara Carter, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei blamed the current border crisis on the Biden administration’s mixed messaging.
Giammattei made it clear to Carter that the crisis was not due to climate change or poor economic conditions in Latin American countries as Vice President Harris previously claimed.
Fox News reports:
Giammattei told Carter that people are leaving Guatemala and being taken advantage of by the ruthless cartels and human trafficking “coyotes”, in part because of mixed messaging from the United States.
“He pushed back against the Biden administration… He said this border crisis is one of your own making. Don’t put the blame on us,” Carter recalled.
“What they said [in the US] is that they will promote family unification – so the coyotes took the children and teenagers to the U.S., and the order was full, not only with people from Guatemala.”
“[That] is why our proposal is that messages should be clear,” he continued, adding that Harris was firm in her “do not come” message given while speaking to reporters there.
Giamattei also went on to note that Guatemala is willing to impose harsher punshishments for coyotes and smugglers if the United States is willing to do the same. So far, President Biden has been extremely lenient with illegal immigrants and often even allowing them to be released into the country instead of being extradited.