Why Mitt Romney says Vice President Kamala Harris’ trip to Guatemala and Mexico won’t solve border crisis

Vice President Kamala Harris and Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei pose for an official photograph on Monday, June 7, 2021, at the National Palace in Guatemala City. | Jacquelyn Martin, Associated Press

Sen. Mitt Romney doesn’t think Vice President Kamala Harris’ trip to Guatemala and Mexico will do much to slow the surge of migrants at the southern border.

Harris spent the past two days in those countries, telling reporters she was there to address the “root causes” of the border crisis, including poverty, hunger and the effects of hurricanes and extreme climate conditions.

“The VP’s campaign to address the ‘root causes’ of illegal immigration won’t solve our current crisis. We can’t eradicate poverty and crime here at home, let alone across all of Latin America. Our free enterprise system will always lure people in search of better opportunities,” Romney posted on Twitter.

Romney said policies that can “realistically” stem illegal immigration include completion of the barrier between the U.S. and Mexico, requiring asylum seekers to apply in their home country or the nearest safe location, and mandatory E-verify, a web-based system that allows businesses to confirm the eligibility of employees to work in the U.S.

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