Economy

Biden puts VP Harris in charge of border influx

Biden puts VP Harris in charge of border influx”

"I'm not gonna pretend it's not, it's a huge problem".

"I can think of nobody who is better qualified to do this", Biden said at a White House meeting with Harris and other top officials as thousands flee violence in impoverished Central America.

And though Harris won't be directly in charge of what happens at the southern border, and aides say she will be exclusively responsible for leading efforts with Central American leaders, it seems likely she will shoulder the blame if further complications arise or if the surge of migrants worsens in the coming months. "She knows what she's doing".

"Thank you, Mr. President, for having the confidence in me".

The decision comes as Biden struggles to get a handle on a burgeoning migration challenge along the United States border with Mexico, a problem the Democrat blamed on "the somewhat draconian" policies of his Republican predecessor, Donald Trump.

For the first two months of the Biden administration, Vice-President Kamala Harris had the look of a presidential understudy, accompanying her boss to major events but never stepping into the spotlight on her own.

"While we are clear that people should not come to the border now, we also understand that we will enforce the law".

"Dealing with what we need to do around aid in a way that is about developing those countries so that we also deal with the cause of why people are coming into our country", she said.

Biden announced the high-profile move at a White House meeting of his immigration team, assigning Harris the same role he played as vice-president for then President Barack Obama.

More news: 10 people killed at Colorado supermarket

"She understands that a mother does not send her child thousands of miles away lightly, but it is a painful decision driven by awful circumstances such as violence and natural disasters", said Sergio Gonzales, executive director of The Immigration Hub.

Earlier this week, an illegal immigrant in Tucson, Arizona, told ABC's Martha Raddatz that he recently chose to cross the southern US border because Joe Biden is president and not former President Donald Trump. He visited the region several times as more migrants from the three countries began to make their way en masse to the U.S. -Mexico border.

The U.S. policy now is to expel single adults and families back to Mexico, but to care for the more than 500 unaccompanied children arriving daily. After processing them at crowded facilities, they are being sent to be with relatives already living in the United States or placed with vetted people who have agreed to care for them.

The convention center will accommodate up to 1,400 children, said a spokesperson for the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Officials prohibited photographing immigrants' faces.

On Wednesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the administration was "committed to transparency and we'll continue to work with agencies on creating avenues for media access to and visibility into these facilities".

The Biden administration has so far refused to let news reporters into the migrant holding centers.

Earlier this week, pictures that emerged from a detention centre in Texas showed children huddled together in crowded makeshift rooms. Since Joe Biden took office in January, there has been a surge in migrants trying to enter the US via the Southern US border. On Tuesday, some were sheltered at military bases in Texas.

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



Like this

loading...
loading...

Latest


25 March 2021
PAL airlifts 400,000 doses of vaccines from China
Senator Christopher "Bong" Go and Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian welcomed the arrival of the shipment. Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight PR361 carrying vital Covid vaccines cargo from Beijing arrived on Wednesday morning.

24 March 2021
Biden administration: Harris to play lead immigration role
Numerous centers along the southern border are over capacity, provoking government officials to hastily erect more facilities . Customs and Border Protection reported encounters with more than 100,000 migrants in February alone.

24 March 2021
Coronavirus: Germany's Merkel reverses plans for Easter lockdown
Berlin had also struck a deal with air carriers to ensure that all travellers returning to Germany would be tested, Merkel said. He said new infections in Germany were rising at an "exponential rate" and that there wasn't enough vaccine to stop it.

24 March 2021
Democrats vow vote on gun bills; Biden says 'we have to act'
The bill recently passed by the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives is unlikely to succeed in the Senate. Since then, two major gun control organizations, backed by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg of NY and former Rep.

24 March 2021
European Union vaccine boss says will use all tools available over AstraZeneca shortfalls
The Leiden-based plant, run by the sub-contractor Halix, may produce about 5 million shots a month, according to press reports.

24 March 2021
South Beach, Miami Spring Break Rape Victim Identified
After leaving the victim unconscious, the men allegedly stole her cash, credit cards and phone, then left her in the room. Charges against them include burglary with battery, sexual battery, petty theft and the fraudulent use of a credit card.

22 March 2021
Supreme Court Agrees To Consider Reinstating Death Sentence For Boston Marathon Bomber
In just over two months in office, the new administration has reversed its predecessor's position in several high court cases. Attorney for MA during a presser at the trial's end", the First Circuit Court of Appeals said in their ruling at the time.

22 March 2021
Human rights violations in Xinjiang: Canada, UK and U.S. joint statement
It has denied the allegations of abuse, claiming the camps are "re-education" facilities used to combat terrorism. More than a million Uighurs and other minorities are estimated to have been detained in camps in Xinjiang.

22 March 2021
Thousands evacuated due to New South Wales flooding
The wild weather is expected to continue for several days as two intense weather systems clash tonight. A helicopter rescued a stranded bride and groom on Saturday to get them to the church on time.

22 March 2021
Several police officers seriously injured as violence erupts at Bristol protest
Chair of Avon and Somerset Police Federation Andy Roebuck said: "This is the worst violence in Bristol for many, many years". Police said the number of arrests would likely increase in coming days as officers study closed circuit television footage.