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    Guatemala’s President Says Biden Administration’s Unclear Messaging on Illegal Immigr

    Guatemala’s President Says Biden Administration’s Unclear Messaging on Illegal Immigration Fueled Border Surge

    BY TOM OZIMEK
    June 10, 2021


    Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei criticized the Biden administration for unclear messaging on immigration, which he said has contributed to the border surge.

    “You can see that humanitarian messages were used here by the ‘coyotes’ in a distorted manner,” Giammattei told Fox News. “Coyote” is a slang term for human smuggler.

    “They said that they were going to support family reunification,” Giammattei said, referring to the Biden administration’s policy of allowing unaccompanied minors to enter the United States on humanitarian grounds and of seeking to unite them with family members in the United States.

    “So the coyotes came and took the children and teenagers to the United States,” he said. “And the border filled up. Not only with people from Guatemala, but lots of people.

    “That’s why we have suggested that the messaging be clear.”

    The surge of people migrating from Central American countries has become one of the biggest political challenges to the Biden administration, with Republicans blaming the wave of illegal border crossings on a rollback of Trump-era immigration policies and on messaging that many would-be migrants and human traffickers are interpreting as an invitation to come to the United States.


    Border Patrol apprehends illegal immigrants at Penitas, Texas, on May 10, 2021. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

    Reuters interviews in April with nearly two dozen migrants and more than a dozen people identifying themselves as smugglers, as well as an examination of hundreds of posts in closed Facebook groups where smugglers advertise their services, shows that many would-be migrants believe that they are welcome to cross the border.

    “There’s 100 days of free passage across the border,” a Guatemalan smuggler told Reuters, referring to one prevailing perception. “Supposedly, the president is letting children in,” another told the outlet.

    In dozens of interviews with The Associated Press around the same time, migrants said President Joe Biden’s relatively pro-immigration positions influenced their decision to leave their homes and seek entry into the United States.

    Human smugglers along the border continue to openly advertise their services on social media, with a recent report from The Epoch Times detailing a number of such ads.

    “We have crossings through Lomas de Arena, Chihuahua. We offer camouflage, backpack with food. I’m currently in Chihuahua. Send me [a message to my] inbox or call me at [redacted by The Epoch Times],” one Facebook post said.


    Border Patrol apprehends illegal immigrants at Penitas, Texas, on May 10, 2021. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

    While the Biden administration has said the border isn’t open and that most asylum-seekers are being turned away at the border, the administration is allowing unaccompanied minors into the country, a policy that may be contributing to the sharp rise in children traveling alone at the border. In March, border agents encountered 18,951 unaccompanied minors, the largest number recorded in a single month since U.S. Customs and Border Protection started publishing the figures in 2009. That number dropped slightly in April to 17,148, and again in May to 14,158.

    As Vice President Kamala Harris visited Guatemala to address the “root causes” of migration, Giammattei, in his interview on Fox News, praised Harris for a speech that warned would-be illegal immigrants not to seek entry into the United States, or they would be turned back at the border.

    “The vice president yesterday sent a very clear message, because she said, ‘Do not come, because we won’t let you in,'” he said. “That’s a clear message.

    “But if you have a lukewarm message, it opens up the possibility that there’s a bad interpretation of it,” he said. “You can say it in good faith. But there are people who will misinterpret it.”

    In a separate interview with CBS, Giammattei said he would like to see the United States impose stronger penalties on human smugglers and that he’s ready to extradite “coyotes” to the United States to face charges.

    Customs and Border Protection apprehended 180,034 individuals illegally entering the United States in May, slightly higher than the April number.

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    Guatemalan President Blames Biden for Border Crisis

    Guatemalan President Blames Biden for Border Crisis

    by ILDEFONSO ORTIZ and BRANDON DARBY 11 Jun 2021

    The President of Guatemala publicly blames President Joe Biden for the current border crisis. The foreign leader said Biden’s messaging helped human smugglers convince even more migrants to make the trek north.

    During an interview with Fox News, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei said that Biden’s efforts to reunite families and his mixed messaging on border issues exacerbated matters.

    “You can see that humanitarian messages were used here by the coyotes in a distorted manner,” Giammattei said during the Fox interview. “They said that they were going to support family reunification. So the coyotes came and took the children and teenagers to the United States. And the border filled up. Not only with people from Guatemala, but lots of people.”

    The Central American politician focused on Biden’s Family Reunification Task Force. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the task force is aimed at “identifying and implementing comprehensive strategies that will bring families back together, ensuring that the children and parents who were intentionally separated from each other are provided support.”

    As Breitbart Texas has reported, the current administration policies at the border have drawn criticism even from border Democrats such as Rep.
    Henry Cuellar (TX), who said during an interview this week on MSNBC, “all they have to do is bring a child, and they’re going to be released into the United States.”

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    “You can see that humanitarian messages were used here by the coyotes in a distorted manner,” Giammattei said during the Fox interview. “They said that they were going to support family reunification.
    They need to be reunifying these families in their home country. The Democrats always harp about family reunification when it benefits them.
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    Reunite them back home where they belong.

    Make an agreement to work with these countries to send in our troops to take out their gangs or NO deals. Put these violent animals down. They are destroying us all and now it is pouring over our border.

    Then and only then should we incentivize companies to relocate from China to Southern Mexico and Central America paying a fair wage.

    We should not be shipping goods on container ships from China when we can ship them right out of Mexico and Central America. Saves on shipping costs, provides them jobs to stay home, companies get their cheap labor, and China does not have a stranglehold on our goods.

    We are short many supplies here due to Covid and shipping. These container ships are backed up in San Francisco and Long Beach. The costs are increasing and we have more control.
    TO BECOME AN AMERICAN YOU MUST CHANGE YOUR VALUES ...NOT YOUR LOCATION

    STAY HOME AND BUILD AMERICA ON YOUR SOIL

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