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After Biden announced last week that he was putting Harris in charge of overseeing the “challenge” at the border, Harris’s senior adviser and chief spokeswoman Symone Sanders clarified the matter, saying the vice president is strictly dealing with the root causes of migration.

Sanders said Harris will reach out to leaders in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to find out what is causing the migrants to come to the United States.

A report published by Breitbart  on Friday described a conversation Harris has had with the president of Guatemala. Breitart writes:

Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei urged U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris this week to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to illegal Guatemalan nationals already in America, allowing them to reside legally, work lawfully, and even travel.

TPS eligible migrants may travel back to their home country. However, the U.S. federal government designates that a foreign nation be eligible for the status when its nationals cannot return safely.

Giammattei’s request for TPS came Tuesday, during a phone conversation with VP Harris, tapped by U.S. President Joe Biden to lead the White House response to the migrant surge that is overwhelming America’s southern border.

Breitbart notes that a White House readout of the phone conversation does not mention Giammattei’s request for TPS, but it is mentioned in a statement he issued about the conversation on the same day.

The White House report said Harris and Giammattei agreed to ‘work together on climate change and other issues to deal with the root causes of migration to the United States.’

WHY would Guatemala’s president be pushing for TPS status for his people in the United States?  DMLNewsApp decided to check out the stats on remittances sent back home from Guatemalans working in the U.S.  Here’s what we found:

A report by Focus Economics in November on remittances to Guatemala from the United States states, “Remittances are a key source of income for Guatemalan families and tend to follow employment trends in the United States, where the majority of remittance payments originate from.”

According to the report, remittances from the United States totaled $1.133 billion in October 2020, a 13.3% year-on-year jump.

Another report in August 2020 by confirms that remittances from people working in the U.S. and sending money back to Guatemala have seen a huge spike, reaching over $1 BIL per month:

Remittances to Guatemala approached US$1 billion per month three times in 2019, but even during periods of economic growth and peak employment in the United States, the rate has never been as high as it was this July. Now, in the midst of one of the worst global health crises in decades and as the U.S. unemployment rate reaches new heights, Guatemalans living abroad have nonetheless managed to send home a record $1.078 billion dollars in just 31 days.

The August 2020 report further adds:

Another consequence: if the U.S. economy continues to recover, we will see an increase in migration among young Guatemalans who have lost their jobs. How will U.S. authorities respond? Will we see a tightening of immigration and border restrictions in the two months leading up to the presidential election? In the coming months, the social dynamics relating to migration and the flow of remittances will take center stage. This will present a perfect opportunity to propose a development model that visibilizes Guatemalan immigrants and their families. This is necessary for Guatemala.

Meanwhile, all sectors of Guatemalan society should express a billion thank yous to all those Guatemalans living abroad who in recent months have injected billions of dollars into the economy, making the crisis more bearable and preventing misery from knocking on the doors of thousands and thousands of Guatemalan homes. This model may not be sustainable, but as long as it continues to leverage the recovery, we should support it in any way we can.

According to data released by the U.S. Border patrol, 11,336 single adults from Guatemala were apprehended crossing the border illegally into the U.S. in February alone, with a total of 46,902 since Oct. 1.

From Oct. 1 through Feb. 28, including families and children, over 64,000 Guatemalans were apprehended crossing the border illegally into the U.S.

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  1. Like we all have been saying:. We are now the second rate citizens. The illegals are more important than the Americans.

  2. Climate change is the cause of this illegal surge into our country. Are you freaking kidding me! Biden opened the borders and is blatantly ignoring the laws. That is why they are coming. Pretty sad when you treat illegal immigrants better than you treat the own people in your country. How many homeless vets to do have? How many Americans living below poverty line? How many Americans have lost their jobs due to the economic crisis caused by the shutdowns? Oh, and let’s not forget the “pandemic”. Makes me sick.

    • And the job losses Biden created on top of the pandemic job losses? What about the homeless living on the street while the illegals get a roof over their head or even a hotel room plus food. Then these illegals aren’t allowed to be deported? On top of that, these illegals don’t assimilate. They try to change our culture to the way it is in the country they fled, and we allow it. It’s no longer America!!

  3. It would seem to me that the Guatemalans should have enough money to improve their lives in their own country. Between what they’ve made here & sent home & the monies our government has sent Guatemala in foreign aide, billions…..
    This needs to stop!

  4. I have never understood why the money transfers leaving US are not taxed! We are taxed for everything we do. There would be a substantial amount of money as this money will not be used for purchases in the US which is lost revenue for the states. The businesses that do the transfers make good commissions that are included in their income and eventually taxed but on a much smaller scale.

  5. Foreign leaders can all see the weaknesses if the OBiden Harris administration. When Trump in power they wouldn’t have kept coming back to the well. Now they just keep passing the buckets to the US Taxpayers well.

  6. This is massive fraud and demonstrates that Guatemala is not America’s friend. They are in it to rape and pillage this nation of its wealth. TPS was and still is the biggest immigration scam. TPS is pushed for any and all trivial incidents real or imagined. El Salvador illegals have been loading here in the USA for over 20 years in TPS. TPS is not is permanent.

  7. Americans need to step up and get these clowns out of the WH. They are destroying America and neglecting the citizens. The climate change story is total BS!! It’s just another excuse to flee their country instead of fighting for their freedoms! They. One to the U.S. because they want the freebies!

  8. If it’s climate change, Biden/Harris should focus on American first!! I know it has nothing to do with climate change. Just saying. They are bleeding us DRY!!!! CLOSE THE BORDER WALL NOW!!!!!

  9. Obama is behind it all. I can see his handprint all over it. Biden isn’t making any decisions and Harris just does what she’s told. This is the way it is and it will probably get worse.

  10. Just finished Ayn Rand #atlasshrugged audio book! Eerie how relevant it IS!

    Government employees should read it. Every Middle school & high school required reading! The USA is being divided and stolen from incessantly! We need to band together and call out what IS Wrong and What is Right! Use #reason tout #freethinking #FreeSpeech #Freedom Inspire #creativity #innovation #motivation We as a nation have been a stellar example of #possibilities & there IS NOTHING good resulting from #identitypolitics & all the negativity sowing #division and the unraveling of OUR #constitution

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