President Joe Biden selected Vice President Kamala Harris to lead the administration’s efforts to combat the border crisis.
“I have asked her, the VP, today, because she is the most qualified person to do it, to lead our efforts with Mexico and the Northern Triangle and the countries that are going to need help in stemming the movement of so many folks, stemming the migration to our southern border,” Biden said.
According to The Hill, Harris will address the number of migrants at the border and will build a partnership with the counties whose citizens are fleeing.
“She’ll work first on the goal of stemming the flow of irregular migrants to the U.S. …but at the same time, the real goal is to establish strategic partnership with these countries based on respect and shared values,” an official said.
The Hill reports that the United States is in custody of at least 15,000 migrant children. President Biden blamed the influx of migrants on former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.
“While we are clear that people should not come to the border now, we also understand that we will enforce the law and that we also — because we can chew gum and walk at the same time — must address the root causes that cause people to make the trek as the president has described to come here,” Harris said. “I look forward to engaging in diplomacy with government, with private sector, with civil society and the leaders of each in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to strengthen democracy and the rule of law and ensure shared prosperity in the region.”