But that didn't sit well will at least one left-wing progressive lawmaker: New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who took Harris to task for her message, Business Insider reported, and continued to blame the US for the surge of illegal aliens.
Regardless of their reasons for leaving, Harris urged would-be migrants not to make the journey: "Do not come" to the United States, she told them.
She said that a task force combining resources from the Justice, State and Treasury departments would work with local prosecutors to punish corrupt actors in Central America.
"And I haven't been to Europe", Harris said. "The president and I discussed that, fundamentally, most people do not want to leave home, they don't want to leave the place where the language they know is spoken".
"There is not going to be a quick fix", she said.More news: Pentagon UFO report 'doesn't rule out aliens' - although finds no evidence
"First, seeking asylum at any United States border is a 100 per cent legal method of arrival", she said in response to the clip on Monday. About 6,000 migrants were apprehended daily at the border in April, while March saw about 5,560 each day.
"The question that has come up and you heard it here and you'll hear it again I'm sure, is, 'Why not visit the border?"
However, U.S. President Joe Biden has allowed unaccompanied migrant children to stay in the United States, unlike former President Donald Trump, who expelled them. There may be some who think that that is not important, but it is my firm belief that if we care about what's happening at the border, we better care about the root causes and address them.
Critically, people must be given "a sense of hope that help is on the way", said Harris.
After meeting with Lopez Obrador, Harris is talking with female entrepreneurs and holding a roundtable with labor workers.More news: Teen Shoves Bear off Wall To Save Her Dogs in Viral Video
Ricardo Zúñiga, USA special envoy for the Northern Triangle, told reporters ahead of Tuesday's meetings that the United States and Mexico "have not had this level of cooperation in Central America before". "We're both destination countries for migration from Central America, and we both have some of the same issues trying to ensure that we have legal paths for migration and temporary labor". NBC's Lester Holt questioned Harris about why she hasn't visited the border despite her role on Central American migration.
Harris' talks in Mexico were similar to those in Guatemala, where she emphasized "the power of hope" along with new efforts to fight corruption.
Vice President Kamala Harris finally began addressing the current us border crisis this week - almost 11 weeks since President Joe Biden tasked her with the duty - by scheduling a trip to Guatemala to discuss the "root cause" of illegal immigration with the country's leadership Monday.
But the Republican opposition has accused Biden of creating a "crisis" on the country's southern border by failing to rein in migration.
At a recent news conference, some Republicans displayed a milk carton depicting Harris with the headline: "MISSING AT THE BORDER".More news: B.C. reports fewer than 200 new COVID-19 cases, no deaths