Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to Guatemala this week, marking her first trip abroad since taking the oath of office earlier this year.
Harris was met by a group of locals upon her arrival, although their message was probably one that she could have done without.
According to the Washington Examiner, a group of demonstrators held signs as the vice president’s motorcade drove past.
Some of the protesters cast doubt on the outcome of last year’s presidential election, with signs reading, “Kamala, Trump won.” Others told the vice president to “go home” and “mind your own business.”
The demonstrators also apparently oppose Harris’ pro-abortion stance, with at least one sign reading, “Guatemala is prolife #Momalahelpme.”
Mira como nuestros hermanos guatemaltecos recibieron a Kamala Harris.
— El Nuevo Estado (@eInuevoestado) June 7, 2021
Harris has worked to advance pro-abortion policies throughout her career, and the Biden administration has consistently promoted pro-abortion positions as well. As Fox News reported in January, one of President Joe Biden’s first acts was to rescind the “Mexico City Policy,” a rule under which American foreign aid dollars were prohibited from paying for abortions overseas.
Harris to meet with Latin American leaders
Harris was in the country to meet with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, as part of her assignment to address illegal immigration. She is scheduled to have similar meetings with the leaders of El Salvador and Honduras as well.
President Biden tasked Harris with addressing the migrant crisis in late March, telling reporters that it was his administration’s responsibility to confront the problem “humanely.”
“This increase has been consequential, but the vice president’s agreed – among the multiple other things I have her leading and I appreciate it – agreed to lead our diplomatic effort and work with those nations to accept the returnees and enhance migration enforcement at their borders,” he said, according to Fox News.
However, Harris quickly attracted criticism for her apparent reluctance to actually do anything related to illegal immigration or border security, at one point laughing when a reporter asked if she had any plans on visiting the southern border.
That reaction garnered backlash, particularly from politicians in southern border states, with Texas Sen. John Cornyn telling Fox News that the situation is “no laughing matter.”