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GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA - JUNE 07: Vice President Kamala Harris speaks while Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei listens at the Palacio Nacional de la Cultura on on Monday, June 7, 2021. This week, the Vice President is visiting Guatemala and Mexico to discuss the root causes of migration from the Central American countries in what is known as the Northern Triangle Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Vice President Kamala Harris has offered an optimistic outlook for improved cooperation with Guatemala on addressing the spike in migration to the U.S. But after her meeting with Guatemala’s president Monday, Harris also delivered a direct warning to migrants considering making the trek: “Do not come. Do not come.” Her comments underscored the challenge that remains even as Harris engages in substantive talks with the Guatemalan and Mexican presidents during a three-day visit to the region this week. It’s her first foreign trip as vice president. Harris says her goal “is to help Guatemalans find hope at home.”