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VP Kamala Harris gave a statement regarding the surge at the U.S.-Mexico border and shared what she thinks are the root causes of the crisis, according to Town Hall.

“I’m thinking of corruption, violence and poverty, the lack of economic opportunity, the lack of climate adaptation and climate resilience, the lack of good governance.”

“When you look at the root causes, we’re also looking at issues of corruption.”

“Again, we’re looking at the issue of climate resiliency and then the concern about a lack of economic opportunity.”



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While she didn’t immediately go into details, she later spoke of delivering food, shelter and water to the people of Honduras, and, in Guatemala, working with farmers to plant drought-resistant crops and help women farmers increase their crops.

Harris has cited weather and climate issues before when talking of “root causes.” Recently, in a Northern Triangle roundtable in April, she spoke extensively of the list of issues she believes are root causes. […]

On the issue of climate change as a root cause for the border surge, Sen. Ted Cruz had one word for her.

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Last month, Harris announced $310 million in U.S., taxpayer funded aid would go to Central America, part of a $4 billion regional strategy the administration has pledged to “address factors driving migration from Central America.”