House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticizes U.S. treatment of migrants during a visit to Guatemala, and raised doubts about whether the Central American country could cope with a migration deal agreed with the Trump administration.
Pelosi, a Democrat, was visiting Central America on Thursday (August 8) with a bipartisan congressional delegation just as the region was coming under pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump to do more to stop migrants reaching the United States.
Under the threat of economic sanctions, Guatemala late last month struck a deal with Trump to make the country a so-called "safe third country." The accord will require migrants to seek asylum in Guatemala rather than in the United States.
Critics question whether Guatemala, which suffers from high levels of poverty and violence, has the resources to handle a potential surge in asylum applications.
Asked whether Guatemala would be able to handle the agreement, Pelosi told a news conference she wanted to know more about what the safe third country deal entailed, and described it as a "very difficult challenge." She condemned the way migrants from Central America were being treated by the U.S., saying, "Things have to change, it has to be much different, and it's really shameful what is happening on the border."
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Indo-American and a practicing physician from Delhi AIIMS, Suresh Chandra Gupta said that he believes policies of Biden-Harris administration will be pro India and emigration and it will lead to a lot of goodwill by Indian American. "Indian American who have been here for years and now they are uncertain of their future. They may have to go back to India because of the policies of this (Trump) administration with no fault of those who came here they studied here and suppose to stay here and now if they have to go back its going to be big problem for them. I think policies of Biden and Harris administration will be pro India pro emigration and it will lead to a lot of goodwill by Indian American for this ticket," said Gupta on US Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden's Vice Presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris.
Kamala Harris has made her first appearance with Joe Biden since being namedhis running mate, and has launched a heated attack on Donald Trump. Ms Harrissaid America was 'crying out for leadership' but had suffered greatly throughthe coronavirus crisis due to Mr Trump's handling of the situation.
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US President Donald Trump has told reporters he thinks Joe Biden has made a"risky pick" for vice president in Kamala Harris. Mr Trump also criticised MsHarris for saying "horrible things" about his opponent in November.
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