The truth is that Vice-President Kamala Harris made her first foreign visit to Guatemala and Mexico. Whilst the arrival of an international leader is viewed as hope, I wondered what kind of message does “do not come” send? And truth be told could the VP even be stepping over the rhetorics of former President Trump? Whilst of-course the border situation was not addressed as it should have been, he did take steps to build good relations with the Mexican President. I wondered if VP Harris would send the same message to other population segments who wanted to enter America, such as African-Americans, who are vulnerable and desire migration? Of course with the COVID pandemic international travel restrictions affecting refugee migration travel are present, but it is a scenario worth thinking about.
And once again we can turn to present day migration from Mexico / Latin America to the United States, to remember that these lands were once joined as part of the Spanish Empire. Which further provokes the thoughts from the Harris rhetoric. The heritages of the past and further – who can claim this American heritage, a longing and yearning to be united as one? Without the use of do not come to America, it is worth offering hope to the vulnerable, to explore the root causes of migration. It is also important to note that you cannot think about the root causes of migrations without the inclusion of surrounding regions.
Politics aside I am really excited for you to be visiting and hope you will have time to explore the local culture. I wish you all the best for the rest of your trip and look forward to hearing about the endeavours and outcomes! All the best!
Notes: These thoughts were originally hand-written on June 7th 2021.
Image Link – Image from the inside of La Casa Azul Frida Kahlo in Mexico.
My Thoughts To Share With Love & Kindness! 🙂