Harris To Lead Biden Administration's Mexico And Central America Diplomatic Push

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"I also look forward to working with members of Congress who I think share our perspective on the need to address root causes for the migration that we've been seeing", she said Thursday at the White House before she and Biden discussed immigration with the secretaries of homeland security and health and human services, as well as other advisers.

Her responsibilities will involve diplomatic relations with the Central American countries known as the Northern Triangle - El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras - where numerous migrants begin their journey.

Officials said Harris would focus her efforts on stemming the current flow of migrants and on developing a larger strategic partnership with Central American countries based on values of respect and shared values.

Harris said that there was "no question that this is a challenging situation" and reiterated the administration's call that no additional migrants come to the border.

Biden noted that he received a similar assignment while serving as vice president in the Obama administration.

However, Harris said there's a lot of work to be done in order to fix the issues she suggested they were left with.

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"Starting today the Northern Triangle and Mexico will know there is one senior official dedicated to this effort", one of the officials said on Wednesday.

She made those comments despite a recent uptick in the number of illegal border crossings following Joe Biden's decision to lift a number of Trump-era immigration policies.

Neither Biden nor Harris has visited the southern border since taking office, though the president recently said that he would do so "at some point".

While speaking to reporters in Jacksonville, Florida on Monday, Harris seemed to blame Biden's border crisis on the previous administration. "But I have before and I'm sure I will again".

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