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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - JUNE 08: U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris acknowledges those assembled before boarding Air Force Two at Benito Juarez International Airport on June 08, 2021 in Mexico City, Mexico. The vice president was concluding her first trip abroad in an effort to address migration, declaring the need to assert control over the southern border but taking criticism for the stance at home. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

In her first international trip, Vice President Kamala Harris went to Latin America to deliver a message rather than clinch some kind of concrete deal. Over two days, she bluntly told migrants not to come to the United States. She spoke of the evils of government corruption that lead to dislocation. She urged nations to increase enforcement at their borders. But as much as the trip offered her a chance to step onto the international stage speaking for the Biden administration on the key issue of migration, it also highlighted the ambiguous nature of the portfolio President Joe Biden has handed her.