WASHINGTON (AP) – President Biden has eavesdropped on Vice President Kamala Harris to lead the White House’s efforts to address the migration challenge on the US southern border.
Biden made the announcement when he and Harris met with White House Secretary of Health Xavier Becerra and National Security Secretary Alejandra Mallorcas at the White House on Wednesday to discuss the rise of migrants, including many unaccompanied minors. :
By delegating the issue to Harris, Biden seeks to replicate the dynamics of his tenure as President Barack Obama. Obama turned to Biden early in his first term to lead White House efforts to involve US troops in the troubled Iraq war.
“When he speaks, he speaks for me,” Biden said, noting that his previous role as California’s attorney general created him with special equipment to manage the administration’s response.
Biden hopes to show Americans that he takes the border situation seriously, following strong criticism from Republicans as the flow of migrants has increased since taking office in January. The growing humanitarian and political challenge on the US-Mexico border threatens to overshadow the administration’s ambitious legislative agenda.
But the significant assignment for Harris, who was nominated by the Democratic Party in 2020 to run for president, and is expected to run again in the White House in the future, may be politically pregnant.
To that end, Biden mocked in his comments that he was burdening himself with “hard work.”
“Needless to say, the job will not be easy,” Norris said of his new appointment. “But it’s a great job.”
Harris has been tasked with overseeing diplomatic efforts to address migration-boosting issues in the Northern Triangle, such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, as well as pressuring them to increase coercion within their own borders. In a broader sense, however, he is tasked with implementing a long-term strategy that is one of the main reasons for migration from these countries.
He will work closely with Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Samantha Power, the then-director of the United States Agency for International Development, and Ricardo Figa, the Special Representative for the Northern Triangle.
Biden made the announcement as a delegation of White House officials and members of Congress traveled to the southern border on Wednesday to tour a facility in Carrizo Spring, Texas, used to house migrant children.
More than 750 teens are housed in Carrizo Springs. Like other facilities operated by the Department of Health and Human Services, it includes a small group of children who tested positive for COVID-19, who may have contracted the virus while in custody. They are placed in isolation.
In recent weeks, the Biden administration has moved south-west to open more than 10,000 new beds in convention centers and former oilfield camps. It announced to Congress Wednesday that it will open a new 3,000-seat facility in San Antonio, a 1,400-seat site at the San Diego Convention Center. HHS also ranks second in Carrizo Springs, surveying teens at military bases in San Antonio and El Paso, Texas.
But the United States is consuming its capabilities almost as fast as it can. One week after opening, the convention center in downtown Dallas is home to about 2,000 teens, simply avoiding 2,300 beds. Child welfare experts say the HHS needs to release children more quickly, particularly about 40% of children in custody who have parents in the United States willing to take them.
During a tour on Wednesday, the White House restricted access to the LM, keeping it to only one TV crew.
White House spokesman En Psaki said Wednesday that the White House is “committed to transparency; we will continue to work with agencies to provide media access and visibility for those institutions.”
Still, questions have been raised about the lack of transparency at the border, as the administration is hampering the efforts of most outsiders to see and document the conditions. The Democratic legislature released photos earlier this week to show the conditions for establishing the facility, to show the extreme challenges faced by border guards in viewing so many children, sometimes for a week or longer, despite a three-day detention limit for juveniles.
Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, who is leading a separate delegation of GOP senators later this week, condemned what he called a “crisis” border and a lack of access to the press as a “snarl” in the media. By the Democratic administration.
“Joe Biden does not want you to see him,” Cruz told reporters at the Capitol.
Located in the transformed “men’s camp” of oil workers, the Carrizo Springs website was first launched for migrant teens shortly after the last sharp increase in border crossings in 2019. The Biden administration reopened it in February. It has long, narrow dormitories և classrooms with attachments, a spacious tent that serves as a dining room.
Officials are trying to create opportunities to care for the estimated 14,000 migrants currently in federal custody, most likely on their way.
Since Biden’s inauguration on January 20, there has been a sharp rise in the number of people meeting with border officials in the United States. There were 18,945 family members և 9,297 helpless children in February, up 168% և 63% from the previous month, according to the Pew Research Center. This poses a huge logistical challenge, as children, in particular, require higher standards of care and coordination between agencies.
Among the reasons for the growth. Thousands of Central American migrants have been stranded on the border for months, a persistent scourge of gang violence in the North Triangle.
Still, the meetings of both the accompanying minors and the families are lower than they were at various points during the Trump administration, including the spring of 2019.
The trade reports from Houston. Lemir reports from New York. Associated Press writer Lisa Mascaro has contributed to a report in Washington.