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Kamala Harris Confronts Border Crisis Worsened by Regional Feuds

  • Central American economies rely on remittances and graft
  • U.S. says it may set up a joint task force on corruption
Kamala Harris speaks during a roundtable on the Northern Triangle in Washington, D.C., on April 22.
Kamala Harris speaks during a roundtable on the Northern Triangle in Washington, D.C., on April 22.Photographer: Chris Kleponis/CNP/Bloomberg
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Vice President Kamala Harris finds herself navigating strained relations with the leaders of Central American countries that have produced a surge of migrants to the U.S., vastly complicating her assignment to curb a growing humanitarian crisis on the southwest border.

Most would-be immigrants are from the so-called Northern Triangle –- Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador -– and their economies are tied to billions of dollars of annual remittances from their citizens working in the U.S.