Vice President Kamala Harris spoke about the migration crisis in Latin America during remarks to the 51st annual Washington Conference on Tuesday. It is one of the first times she has discussed the idea in detail since the administration announced she would be spearheading efforts to stop a surge of immigrants on the Southern border
Harris focused on addressing "root causes" of migration, including problems of corruption, poverty, and violence in Latin America.
"The citizens of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras are leaving their homes at alarming rates. But there's a fundamental truth behind that headline, people in the region do not want to leave," she said.
"We are focused on addressing both the acute factors and the root causes of migration. And I believe this is an important distinction."