In an exclusive interview with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, he criticized the Biden administration for “confusing” messages and for creating the crisis at the border.
Investigative journalist Sara Carter had a sit-down interview with the Guatemalan President where they talked about the recent visit of Vice President Kamala Harris at the border.
Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei blamed the U.S. southern border crisis on the Biden administration sending a more welcoming message to Central American migrants by vowing to ‘reunite’ families and children with their relatives in America. https://t.co/MVZC2oLxkL
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In the interview, President Giammattei blamed the Biden administration for creating the crisis. He said that what the U.S. is experiencing right now is caused by the “confusing” messages that they made.
The Guatemalan President is the second leader making that claim, following Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez who made the same remarks last March.
Guatemalan President believes Biden sent “confusing messages
Giammattei said that during the first few weeks of Biden in office, his administration delivered confusing messages. He stated that compassionate messages were misunderstood by the people in Guatemala, particularly the coyotes. Then, the coyotes started to tell families that they will take the children.
He continued saying that children can go. Once the children have crossed the border, they will call their parents.
The Guatemalan president added that the messages from the Biden administration were confusing and caused different translations.
BIDEN’S AMERICA: “First few weeks of the Biden admin, messages were confusing…understood by people in our country, especially coyotes, to tell families, 'we'll take the children, the children can go in…’ They fall into cartels, the prostitution network.” – Guatemala prez pic.twitter.com/V4QTeRHsM1
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Later, he noted that as soon as the unaccompanied children started the trek to the U.S. border, it created a concern. Giammattei said that once children reached the border between Mexico and the United States, they fall into the hands of Mexican cartels, prostitution networks, and others.
The Guatemalan president added that he had seen “horrible acts” carried out by coyotes, such as dropping children from high walls. He added that these types of behavior are not humane.
Mexican President also blamed the Biden administration for creating the crisis
On top of this, Giammettei also accused the U.S. and other countries of failing to adequately respond to the influx of migrants storming the border.
The Guatemala President said that no government (regardless of how big or strong it is) can have a huge facility housing 30,000 to 40,000 people in detention centers and then claimed as merely seeking asylum.
He also added that most of these issues could be corrected. However, nations have to “work together.”
Previously, Mexican President Lopez Obrador also blamed the Biden administration for creating the crisis. He argued that Biden created “expectations” which gave migrants the understanding that they would be let inside the United States.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the White House worked out a deal with the countries at the Northern Triangle. This move is made to reinforce police and military presence and help them divert the flow of migrants across the borders.
According to the data provided by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in March alone, there were 18,890 unaccompanied children from Central America.