By KELIN DILLON
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris visited Mexico for the first time in her position as the United States’ second-in-command on Tuesday, June 8, tackling immigration as the most important theme discussed between the neighboring countries and calling the encounter a first step in “embarking on a new era.”
The VP arrived in Mexico late Monday night from her trip to Guatemala, where she said it was “necessary to have very frank and honest discussions about the need to address corruption, crime and violence, especially against some of the most vulnerable populations in that country.”
Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard was waiting at the airport to receive the U.S. politician and welcome her to the country.
“The United States and Mexico share history and family,” wrote Harris on Twitter following her arrival. “Our economies are tied and our security depends on each other. I am here in Mexico City to renew our nation’s important partnership with Mexico.”
During the president’s daily morning press conference on Tuesday, Ebrard said Harris was expected to sign a memorandum of understanding with Mexico on the topic of Central American migration.
Harris arrived to the National Palace, which beefed up security ahead of her visit, at 10 a.m., where she was greeted by a maskless Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) with a customary “mucho gusto!”
Together they signed the memorandum and took a tour of the National Palace, and afterwards went into AMLO’s office to discuss important issues between Mexico and the United States, such as the immigration crisis at the border of the two countries and the effects from the worldwide covid-19 pandemic.
Nothing significant is expected to come out of the visit aside from establishing a rapport between the two administrations, particularly since the memorandum signed was merely honorific of the countries’ cooperation.
“The vice president’s objective is to deepen the strategic alliance and the bilateral relationship (between Mexico and the United States),” said one of the VP’s main advisers.