VP Kamala Harris Being Put In Charge Of Thorny Migrant Situation

Kamala Harris and President Joe Biden meet cabinet members and immigration advisers in the State Dining Room

It marks the first time that US President Biden has assigned a specific portfolio to Vice President Harris, who is seen as representing a younger generation in the Democratic Party and has been constantly at his side since they entered office.

"I asked her, the VP, today, because she's the most qualified person to do it, to lead our efforts with Mexico and the Northern Triangle, and the countries that can help, need help in stemming the movement of so many folks, stemming the migration to our southern border", Biden told reporters ahead of an immigration meeting in the White House State Dining Room.

Biden made the announcement as he and Harris met at the White House on Wednesday with Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandra Mayorkas and other immigration advisers to discuss the increase in migrants, including many unaccompanied minors, arriving at the border in recent weeks.

Vice President Kamala Harris acknowledged the situation.

"This new surge we're dealing with now started in the last administration but it's our responsibility to deal with it humanely", Biden said.

"I gave you a tough job and I'm glad you're smiling", he quipped.

Harris said the current situation was in part caused by the Trump-era dismantling of a system that allowed United States officials to process children's asylum requests in their home countries. "But it is important work".

Migrants at the US Customs and Border Protection temporary processing centre in Donna Texas 22 March 2021
Biden tasks Harris with tackling migrant influx on US-Mexico border

"The best way to keep people from coming is to keep them from wanting to leave", said Mr Biden, citing humanitarian crises (such as hurricanes floods and earthquakes) as well as gang violence as reasons for the migration.

A senior administration official told the outlet that Harris will focus on working to curb "the current flow of migrants and implementing a long-term strategy that addresses the root causes of migration".

Biden suggested President Donald Trump's decision to cut $450 million funding in 2019 to the region was partly to blame for the situation.

Biden halted construction on Trump's cherished wall on the Mexican border and has moved to wind down a controversial Trump policy, which migrant advocates say violates global conventions, in which asylum seekers are forced to wait in Mexico while their cases are heard. "She doesn't realize that means she gets every assignment".

The vice president, until now, had not been tasked with a key portfolio issue distinct from Biden.

"He has experience and lived through this process as vice president himself", an official said. "Her future is dependent on what happens in the White House". "Whether or not the president had their back". On the bathroom floor", he said.Asked if he was hands-on at the birth, Tindall revealed that a friend of Zara's who had been present at the birth of the couple's previous children was on hand again."She was there and recognized that we wouldn't have got to hospital in time, so yeah, it was running to the gym, get a mat, get into the bathroom, get the mat on the floor, towels down, brace, brace, brace."Tindall added, "Fortunately the midwife who was going to meet us at the hospital wasn't that far away so she drove up, and got there just as we'd assumed the position". HHS is also opening a second site in Carrizo Springs and received approval from the Defense Department on Wednesday to begin housing teenagers at military bases in San Antonio and El Paso, Texas.

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