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First on Fox: Former Vice President Mike Pence, on a trip to Guatemala on Wednesday, has stressed that the US alone cannot end its migration crisis and needs help from the very nations from which migrants travel.
“When I visited Guatemala in 2018, I said, ‘This crisis cannot be solved by the United States alone,'” Pence said during a speech at the Guatemala Prospera Conference in Guatemala City. “I pointed out that weak economies, corruption, drugs and violence are the root causes of this crisis.”
“So today, I ask for your renewed help and cooperation: keep telling your fellow citizens that coming to the United States illegally will only result in a difficult journey and a more difficult life. Keep cracking down on corruption, criminal groups and the gang violence. he added he. “Strengthen your borders and border police, and break down barriers to opportunity and jobs.”
During his first visit to Guatemala, he promised to work to strengthen the relationship between the two countries, even as the migration crisis weighed on the southern border of the United States.
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Four years later, Pence applauded the progress made by the Trump administration and largely blamed the resurgence of the migration crisis, which has seen a historic number of migrants attempt to enter the US, at the administration’s feet. Biden.
“While it pains me to say it, I must admit that most of the blame for the migration crisis rests with the current US administration, which has essentially adopted an open borders policy,” Pence said.
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“On his first day in office, our president suspended many of our administration’s successful border policies, policies that reduced illegal immigration by 90%: they suspended deportations across the country, they shut down border wall construction, they canceled the Remain in Mexico policy and proposed amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States,” he continued. “Tragically, those actions sent a message to millions of migrants in Central and South America, and illegal migration skyrocketed overnight.”
The United States and Guatemala have built a strong trading relationship over the past decade, increasing exports and imports by the billions: United States exports to Guatemala in 2018 totaled about $6.6 billion and increased to more than $8 billion in 2022.
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But the migrant crisis casts a shadow over that relationship, which would otherwise have grown stronger. Pence admitted that criminal cartels play a significant role in exacerbating the crisis.
“I can and do hold criminal cartels accountable for exacerbating the migration crisis, for spreading death and destruction, and for profiting from human misery,” Pence said.
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“I am more convinced than ever that the key to a better future for Guatemala lies in ending human trafficking,” he added. “If we end human trafficking, we will financially destroy the transnational criminal organizations that profit from it.”