Byron York's Daily Memo: Kamala Harris’s unbelievable warning

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KAMALA HARRIS' UNBELIEVABLE WARNING. The big headline of Vice President Harris' trip to Guatemala was her stern-sounding message to Central Americans who are planning to cross illegally into the United States. "I want to be clear to folks in this region who are thinking about making that dangerous trek to the United States-Mexico border," Harris said. "Do not come. Do not come."

Harris' widely-reported admonition echoed similar statements from Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. "The message is quite clear, do not come," Mayorkas said in March. "The border is closed, the border is secure."

But no one believed it when Mayorkas said it, and no one will believe it when Harris says it. That is because it is quite clear to the world, and especially to would-be illegal crossers, that the U.S. government is saying one thing and doing another.


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While Harris and Mayorkas tell Central Americans not to come -- the border is closed! -- the U.S. government is working 24/7 to accommodate, to care for, to house, and to re-settle the tens of thousands of migrants who are crossing illegally despite the warnings. The government is not only making it easier to cross into the United States, it is making it easier than ever to stay.

In an embarrassment to Harris, Guatemala's president stated the obvious during her visit. In an interview with CBS News, President Alejandro Giammattei said the migrant situation changed when President Joe Biden took office. "The message changed to, 'We are going to reunite families and we are going to reunite children," Giammattei said. "The very next day the coyotes here were organizing groups of children to take them to the United States." Giammattei added that his government wants the U.S. to "send more of a clear message to prevent more people from leaving."

Harris' statement was that "clear" message. But the U.S. government's actions speak louder than the vice president's words. "Border agents are projecting that at least 170,000 migrants crossed the border illegally in May, which would be the highest number of crossings for that month in at least two decades," reports the New York Times.

And besides, there is a growing belief that the Biden administration's "root causes" approach to the migrant crisis -- to give the countries aid in hopes of improving life there so that fewer feel the need to leave to come to the United States -- does not work. Research has shown that giving money to those countries just makes many people feel they have more means to leave for the U.S.

But the big draw is the knowledge that once they cross illegally into the United States, they will be allowed to stay. The Times inadvertently made that case when it reported, "Past attempts to bolster Central America, including efforts championed by then-Vice President Biden, have failed to prevent migrants from fleeing to the United States, where they can face crowded facilities and a yearslong wait for the resolution of their cases." A "yearslong wait"? Another way of saying it is that those are years living in the U.S. -- relocated to join family and friends, courtesy of the United States government. That is an enormous reward for crossing illegally into the country.

So Harris' message will fall on deaf ears. And the Biden administration's Central American initiative will fail. And it will continue to fail as long as the administration rewards illegal crossings.

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