Guatemalan President Alejandro Giamattei claimed in an interview that the Biden administration’s messaging has been encouraging the border crisis. CBSN correspondent Ed O’Keefe sat down with the president over the weekend.
“The message changed to ‘we’re going to reunite families and we’re going to reunite children,'” Giamattei told O’Keefe. “The very next day the coyotes were here organizing groups of children to take them to the United States.”
But, Giamattei says it’s up to Harris to help the ongoing border crisis. “In our zoom meeting on May 7th, we made a proposal to the Vice President. We asked her to introduce a bill in the United States Senate that would make human smuggling and asking as a coyote a federal crime,” Giamattei said. Meanwhile, in Guatemala coyotes’ punishment tend to be a 5-6 year prison sentence. “It’s a joke,” the president said.
Biden administration officials would not confirm to O’Keefe whether they were considering the proposal or not. Vice President Harris landed in Guatemala Monday to meet with President Giamattei.
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“And so when you start deporting people, and removing them from this country, what that does is that disincentivizes the tens of thousands of people who are coming,” Biggs went on. “And by the way, everyday down in Darién Gap, which is in Panama… over 5,000 people a day. [I] talk[ed] to one of my sources from the gap today. And I will just tell you, those people that you’ve seen come come in to Eagle Pass, over 7,000 in a three day period, most of those two weeks ago, were down crossing into the Darién Gap.”
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