President Joe Biden announced Wednesday afternoon that Vice President Kamala Harris will step into the leading role atop the administration’s response to the situation at the Southern Border.
Harris will be coordinating the government’s diplomatic efforts with Mexico and Central American countries to stop the increasing flow of migrants to the United States.
“I asked the CP today, because she’s the most qualified person to do it, to lead our efforts in Mexico and the Northern Triangle and the countries that are going to need help in stemming the movement of so many folks, stemming migration to our southern border,” POTUS told the press pool ahead of a meeting with Harris and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas at the White House.
“Madam Vice President, thank you. I gave you a tough job. You’re smiling, but there is no one better capable of trying to organize it,” he said. (RELATED: Biden Admin Allows One TV Camera Into Child Migrant Holding Facility In Texas)
Biden noted that, when he was vice president, former President Barack Obama handed him a similar assignment. It not only included reforming the United States’ immigration system but also addressing the root causes in Central and South American countries that force migrants north.
“There is no question that this is a challenging situation,” Harris added following the president’s remarks. “There are many factors that lead people to leave these countries. While we’re clear 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.”
This is a developing story and will be updated with new information as it becomes available.