Vice President Harris is in Guatemala City on Monday to kick off the first foreign trip of her time in office, a two-day mission aimed at trying to strengthen ties with Guatemala and Mexico to tackle tough and longstanding problems like corruption, violence and poverty — some of the issues behind the record number of migrants from Central America seeking asylum at the U.S. border in recent months.
She is traveling with some good news: the administration laid out last week how it will share its wealth of COVID-19 vaccines with countries that have struggled to get shots in arms, including Guatemala and Mexico.
Here's what is on Harris' agenda:
Monday June 7 - Guatemala City
Harris will meet with President Alejandro Giammattei to discuss increasing economic opportunities in the country, strengthening the rule of law, and working together on law enforcement, her aides told reporters.
The administration is expected to announce anti-smuggling and trafficking actions on Monday. Harris may have additional announcements after her meeting with Giammattei, aides said.
She will then meet with groups of Guatemalan civil society leaders and entrepreneurs.
Tuesday June 8 - Mexico City
Harris will meet with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador about how the two countries can cooperate on issues like market access, business development and investment, and migrant smuggling by organized crime networks, her aides said.
Harris also will meet with women entrepreneurs and participate in a labor roundtable, before returning to Washington.
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