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U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris meeting with Foreign Minister of Guatemala Pedro Brolo after her arrival at the La Aurora airport in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on Sunday. Photo: Josue Decavele/Getty Images

Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in Guatemala Sunday, after a technical issue forced her first plane to return to Joint Base Andrews some 30 minutes into her first international trip since taking office, per White House pool reports.

Why it matters: Harris is touring Guatemala and Mexico as part of the Biden administration's efforts to address the surge of migration into the U.S. from the Southern border.

The big picture: The plane's technical issue involved "no major safety concerns" and the plane landed safely at the base, Harris' spokesperson Symone Sanders told reporters.

  • Passengers later boarded the back-up C32 plane, "which is an Air Force Boeing modified 757," Sanders said.
  • The plane took off some 90 minutes later, according to AP. Harris arrived at Guatemala City's international airport Sunday evening, where she was greeted by Foreign Affairs Minister Pedro Brolo and U.S. ambassador to Guatemala, William Popp.

What they're saying: "I’m good, I’m good. We all said a little prayer, but we're good," said Harris after the plane incident, per AP.

Go deeper: Harris heads to Guatemala, Mexico on first foreign trip

Editor's note: This article has been updated with details of the plane switch and Harris continuing her the flight.

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Harris heads to Guatemala, Mexico on first foreign trip

Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Vice President Harris will travel on Sunday to Guatemala and Mexico as part of the administration's efforts to shore up diplomatic ties with Latin America and continue to address the surge of migration into the U.S. from the Southern border.

Why it matters: Harris will arrive in Guatemala on Sunday and in Mexico on Monday, making this her first time traveling abroad as vice president.

Crocodiles, snakes and bodies: Migrants' path through Panama

A migrant carrying a baby crosses the Chucunaque River after walking for five days in the Darién Gap on the border of Panama and Colombia. Photo: Luis Acosta/ AFP via Getty Images

Panama is struggling to handle a surge of migrants crossing the deadly jungles of the Darién Gap separating the country from Colombia — many bound for the U.S., government officials, migration experts and members of Congress tell Axios.

Why it matters: Vice President Kamala Harris departed Sunday on her first trip to Central America after being tasked with the migration crisis. Most migrants reaching the U.S. border still hail from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras or El Salvador. But more people than before from farther-flung points are fleeing their homes and trying to enter the U.S.

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Canada First Nation finds mass grave at another school site

A memorial around the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on June 4, honoring 215 Indigenous children found buried in an unmarked, mass grave at a one-time residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia. Photo: David Kawai/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A First Nation in Canada said Wednesday "hundreds" of unmarked graves have been discovered at the site of a former residential school in the prairie province of Saskatchewan.

Of note: The Cowessess First Nation said in a statement the number of graves found are "the most significantly substantial to date in Canada" — suggesting it's more than the remains of 215 Indigenous children discovered last month at a former residential school site in Kamloops, British Columbia.