KAMALA HARRIS' UNBELIEVABLE WARNING. The big headline of Vice President Harris' trip to Guatemala was her stern-sounding message to Central Americans who are planning to cross illegally into the United States. "I want to be clear to folks in this region who are thinking about making that dangerous trek to the United States-Mexico border," Harris said. "Do not come. Do not come."
Harris' widely-reported admonition echoed similar statements from Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. "The message is quite clear, do not come," Mayorkas said in March. "The border is closed, the border is secure."
But no one believed it when Mayorkas said it, and no one will believe it when Harris says it. That is because it is quite clear to the world, and especially to would-be illegal crossers, that the U.S. government is saying one thing and doing another.
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While Harris and Mayorkas tell Central Americans not to come -- the border is closed! -- the U.S. government is working 24/7 to accommodate, to care for, to house, and to re-settle the tens of thousands of migrants who are crossing illegally despite the warnings. The government is not only making it easier to cross into the United States, it is making it easier than ever to stay.
In an embarrassment to Harris, Guatemala's president stated the obvious during her visit. In an interview with CBS News, President Alejandro Giammattei said the migrant situation changed when President Joe Biden took office. "The message changed to, 'We are going to reunite families and we are going to reunite children," Giammattei said. "The very next day the coyotes here were organizing groups of children to take them to the United States." Giammattei added that his government wants the U.S. to "send more of a clear message to prevent more people from leaving."