Tensions over the US-Mexico border continue to cause backlash for the Biden administration, with remarks from Vice President Kamala Harris during an official visit to Guatemala attracting criticism.

"I want to be clear to folks in this region who are thinking about making that dangerous trek to the United States-Mexico border: Do not come. Do not come."

Vice President Harris explained that the United States would prioritise discouraging illegal migration, warning "if you come to our border you will be turned back."

Speaking to SBS, Non-Resident Senior Fellow Bruce Wolpe highlighted the comparison between the US immigration debate and the rhetoric around asylum seekers in Australia.

“I mean, here [in Australia], any weakness [towards asylum seekers] is seen as a defeat,” Mr Wolpe said.

“Republicans are making the same argument in the United States that if you open the door by a crack it's going to be open a mile, and you will have no control over immigration into the country.”