Ns News Online Desk : The problem is more than 6,000 miles and a great ocean away from him, but Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday asked Finland’s president to help stem the flow of migrants from Central America to the US-Mexico border.
Harris has faced Republican criticism for her few public events to address the crisis since President Biden asked her on March 24 to lead the response to a historic surge of illegal border crossings.
Harris and Finnish President Sauli Niinistö “discussed the need for more coordinated international action to address the root causes of migration from the Northern Triangle, and for sustained unity and vigilance to counter the destabilizing actions Russia continues to carry out across the Euro-Atlantic area,” Harris’ office said.
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Finland is a far-away Nordic country and its population is one-third the size of Guatemala’s. It is, however, the home of telecom giant Nokia, and some left-leaning Democrats assert that global warming linked to fossil fuel use has worsened weather conditions in the region, potentially implicating even distant countries like Finland.
Harris has not traveled to Central America or to the US-Mexico border as part of her role, which the White House has stressed pertains only to the “root causes” of migration. But her schedule noticeably contains more events pertaining to the crisis following sustained GOP criticism of her unrelated travel.
On Tuesday afternoon, she will host a webcast meeting with Guatemalan nonprofits.
On Monday, Harris hosted a virtual meeting with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei and said she plans to visit the country in June. But she has not yet spoken with the leaders of El Salvador or Honduras.