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.

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"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.

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