Senator Hagerty to Study Migration Crisis in Guatemala and Mexico

Photo: U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty (R) Tennessee

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Published May 7, 2021

The Tennessee Conservative Staff –

Senator Bill Hagerty is heading to Guatemala and Mexico this week to determine just what the United States can do to help end the migrant crisis.

Tennessee Capitol Building in Nashville

Vice President Kamala Harris has a similar trip planned for next month.

Hagerty says the border crisis is a matter of national security.

“The border crisis right now is the most immediate national security crisis that faces our nation so that’s why I’ve chosen to make my first international trip there because the immediacy of the problem is driving that,” Hagerty said.

Hagerty formerly served as a U.S. ambassador to Japan. While in Guatemala and Mexico, he plans to meet with a number of Cabinet-level leaders, as well as business owners.

Hagerty says that he is not attempting to undermine what the Biden administration is working on with those leaders, but he wants to determine what needs to be done to build stronger relationships so the U.S. can better work with these countries.

“I really want to get to the root causes of this crisis and talk with them about what those causes are so I can put a framework around how we better address them,” he said.

The great increase in migration at the border has had the Biden administration scurrying to deal with a number of issues. Many of these migrants are unaccompanied children who must be care for.

According to the Biden administration, things such as poverty, food insecurity, and violence have led to the surge in migration. They recently announced a $310 million dollar aid package for the area in hopes that the relief would minimize the migration numbers.

However, many Republicans believe that Biden’s changes to many of Trump’s policies have caused the migration problem. Hagerty believes it is a combination of the two.

“The answer is both, but we’ve got to have border security to even deal with this because they’ve created such a set of incentives that you come to America, we’re going to take care of you, if you’re an illegal immigrant you could be entitled to a stimulus check – the incentives right now are wrong and it’s driving the crisis rather than addressing it,” Hagerty said.

Hagerty has criticized Harris for not stepping up and working with the region sooner. Harris has met with leaders virtually, but has not yet visited the area.

“I would have thought the urgency I felt would have been felt even more so by this White House and certainly given the role President Biden has put Vice President Harris in, I am surprised by the lack of urgency,” Hagerty said.

He continued, “It suggests to me they perhaps aren’t focused on the problem as much as I am, or they have been focused on communicating about the problem – they won’t call it a crisis, there is a big debate over even what to call it in the White House rather than just addressing it. It’s a crisis they created and it’s one we’ve got to resolve as a nation.”

Hagerty says this issue is an important one for the country, no matter what side of the political realm a person is on. The crisis has an effect on the entire country – including states like Tennessee who may not be on the border.

Tennesseans have already seen the impact of the crisis in Chattanooga where a number of unaccompanied minor children were found to have been housed in an old dormitory without the knowledge of the local governments.

“This is not a partisan issue, the need to resolve this crisis is a bipartisan problem because it’s damaging to all Americans, to workers at the lower end of the pay scale to families losing their children to overdoses, to people who have become victims of human trafficking, this is a humanitarian crisis and it needs to be addressed immediately,” Hagerty said.

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5 thoughts on “Senator Hagerty to Study Migration Crisis in Guatemala and Mexico

  • May 7, 2021 at 3:52 pm

    Hagerty, here’s an a novel idea. Finish the Wall, and lock down the border with US troops if necessary.

  • May 7, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    Not on board with another study…IMO, it’s not up to us to fix it in their countries, not to mention not much we can do except throw some more money at the corrupt governments that end up with the cartels. Another government study…SMH.

  • May 7, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    This visit is IMPERATIVE to our security and for a resolution. Having provided medical missionary support to indigent patients in Guatemala, I can tell you firsthand that the Guatemalans do not always play well with America. The government used every opportunity to interfere with our mission, including confiscating many of our medical instruments and hip/knee replacement equipment so they could tax us in order to get our equipment back to complete our missionary surgeries. They have a love/hate for Americans and believe we are made of money and not very smart at how we use it.
    We do not take care of our own, much less need additional people coming into the US getting free education, health care, being allowed to vote and getting stimulus money. I am all for a LEGAL process of gaining entry with eventual citizenship but in a LEGAL way. Stop using up resources I don’t even get due to an already strained system!! With mention by Harris to end Veteran rights and medical support, we are in dangerous waters. I do not trust her intentions anyway and she tells lies to get ahead. Republicans need to be more involved before we lose all of our constitutional rights.

  • May 7, 2021 at 5:24 pm

    Tennessee must refuse to accept any more migrants or illegal aliens or whatever you call them. This state needs to direct funds to education, Medical Care, food insecurity, and especially literacy. It is within the right of the governor and the legislature to say no to any more immigrants.

  • May 8, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    Bull. The problem is here and it’s the Obiden policey toward open borders. Finish the wall. Give power back to ICE and the border patrol to arrest and return – not release! It’s that simple. But of course it doesn’t fit the agenda of destroying America with a tidal wave of illegals. Just ask France, Germany and the UK.


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