Guatemala’s President Says Biden Administration’s Unclear Messaging on Illegal Immigration Fueled Border Surge

Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei criticized the Biden administration for unclear messaging on immigration that he said contributed to the border surge. Giammattei told Fox News that, “You can see that humanitarian messages were used here by the coyotes in a distorted manner,” with “coyotes” a term for human smugglers. “They said that they were going to support family reunification,” Giammattei said, referring to the Biden administration’s policy of allowing unaccompanied minors to enter the United States on humanitarian grounds and of seeking to unite them with family members in the United States. “So the coyotes came and took the children and teenagers to the United States,” he said. “And the border filled up. Not only with people from Guatemala, but lots of people.” “That’s why we have suggested that the messaging be clear,” Giammattei added. The surge of people migrating from Central American countries has become one of the biggest political challenges to …

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