Biden puts VP Harris in charge of border influx

VP Harris put in charge of migrant influx as Biden faces down critics

"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.

US President Joe Biden on Wednesday put Vice President Kamala Harris in charge of handling the influx of migrants at the Mexican border, addressing a row that has galvanized his critics.

Obama turned to Biden in his first term to lead the White House effort to draw down U.S. troops in Iraq and oversee implementation of stimulus in response to the Great Recession.

"When she speaks, she speaks for me", Biden said, adding: "I give you a tough job".

The surge in migration has created a hard problem for Ms Harris and Mr Biden, who both campaigned on promises to reverse Trump-era policies of holding unaccompanied minors and adults in "inhumane" cages. He also wants to prevent the growing humanitarian and political challenge from overshadowing his administration's ambitious legislative agenda.

Harris said there was "no question that this is a challenging situation". "But it is important work".

United States Vice President Kamala Harris has called a recent wave of unaccompanied children crossing the country's southern border from Mexico a "huge problem", but said it would not be solved "overnight".

Officials said Harris would focus her efforts on stemming the current flow of migrants and on developing a larger strategic partnership with Central American countries based on respect and shared values.

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

Still, the numbers of both unaccompanied minors and families encountered at the border are lower than they were at various points during the Trump administration, including in spring 2019. She has also taken an active role in encouraging Americans to get vaccinated.

The White House said it was committed to transparency and would work to let in more journalists on the ground. "Whether or not the president had their back".

"If you are not going to build the wall, you are going to build a lot of dormitories", he said.

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The administration also announced that the San Diego Convention Center would become the latest shelter for the rising number of migrant children and it sent a team to tour an existing facility in Texas.

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who is leading a separate delegation of GOP senators to the border later this week, decried the lack of press access as a "muzzling" of the media by the Democratic administration.

There has been a spike in migration following the inauguration of Joe Biden.



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