Kamala Seeks 'Root Causes Of Migration' In Upcoming Trip

Written By BlabberBuzz | Thursday, 20 January 2022 19:25
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Vice President Kamala Harris has plans to travel to Honduras later this month to attend the inauguration of President-elect Xiomara Castro and to address matters including migration, a challenge President Joe Biden put her in charge of tackling head-on.

The plans for the trip come approximately one month after Harris announced commitments by businesses and social enterprises totaling $1.2 billion to help develop Central America. This is "part of her role addressing the root causes of migration from Central America," according to the White House.

The White House wrote: As part of her role addressing the root causes of migration from Central America, Vice President Harris announced seven new commitments as part of the Call to Action she launched on May 27 for businesses and social enterprises to make new, significant commitments to sustainably address the root causes of migration by promoting economic opportunity. Commitments announced today include those from CARE International, Cargill, Grupo Mariposa, Parkdale Mills, PepsiCo, JDE Peet’s, and PriceSmart.

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In addition, Mastercard, Microsoft, and Nespresso—who announced initial commitments in May—announced action in the region. As a result, businesses and social enterprises have invested more than $1.2 billion in response to the Vice President’s launch of the Call to Action.

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"Vice President Kamala Harris will lead the Presidential Delegation to Honduras to attend the January 27 inauguration of President-elect Xiomara Castro. The Vice President’s visit will further the commitment she and President-elect Castro made during their December 10 phone call to deepen the partnership between the United States and Honduras and work together to advance economic growth, combat corruption, and address the root causes of migration," Sabrina Singh, deputy press secretary for the vice president, revealed in a statement Tuesday.

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Castro, wife of former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, was elected as the first female President last year. Her opponent, National Party candidate Nasry Asfura, conceded to Castro a number of days later.

Harris made history in January when she became the first female, first black, and first South Asian American Vice President in the history of the United States.

The visit will be Harris's second visit to Central America. She visited Guatemala and Mexico in June.

President Biden tasked Harris with tackling the increase in migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in March, which at the time included a spike in unaccompanied minors. That position includes overseeing diplomatic efforts involving the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

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