Harris To Lead Biden Administration's Mexico And Central America Diplomatic Push

Biden administration: Harris to play lead immigration role

Joe Biden has appointed Kamala Harris to lead the White House effort to tackle migration at the USA southern border, which the vice president admitted was a "huge problem". Critics have said the crisis at the southern border could destroy the country if the Biden administration refuses to act swiftly.

Biden noted that he received a similar assignment while serving as vice president in the Obama administration. She claimed that the current administration was left with a challenging situation. Migrants coming across have said so themselves. Cruz, tweeted that "apparently, the border crisis is now a laughing matter for the Biden administration", while House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican, said that Harris was laughing off a "humanitarian crisis of epic proportions".

The president said Harris's experience dealing with organized crime and human rights issues as California's attorney general would prove useful.

The role will represent the first significant item in the vice president's portfolio, and her involvement has the potential to elevate the issue within the White House and broader administration.

She made those comments despite a recent uptick in the number of illegal border crossings following Joe Biden's decision to lift a number of Trump-era immigration policies. "While we are clear that 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". CBS News reported Sunday about 15,500 unaccompanied migrant minors are in federal custody, citing government data reviewed by the network.

Lawmakers from both parties have either visited border facilities or scheduled trips amid the mounting crisis.

Numerous centers along the southern border are over capacity, provoking government officials to hastily erect more facilities.

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