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Guatemala’s President Blames Biden Admin for Border Crisis Just Before Kamala Arrives

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When Vice President Kamala Harris sat down Monday with the president of Guatemala, there was no doubt the two had plenty of ground to cover.

They could start with why Guatemala President Alejandro Giammattei has publicly disparaged Harris and Vice President Joe Biden’s excuses for the illegal immigration crisis plaguing the southern border.

Because to Giammattei, the problem started in the White House. And judging by the joint news conference he and Harris conducted on Monday, that message hasn’t gotten through nearly far enough.

In an interview conducted Friday that aired Sunday on CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” Giammattei made clear that he viewed the change of presidential administrations north of the Rio Grande for the surge of illegal migration from Central America and other nations, fostered by the human-smugglers known as “coyotes.”

In the interview, conducted in both Spanish and English, Giammattei said after President Joe Biden’s inauguration, the message from the U.S. had changed from the rigid anti-illegal immigration stance of former President Donald Trump to a much more welcoming attitude.

“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.”

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