President Joe Biden is now putting Vice President Kamala Harris in charge of the U.S. response to the surge of migrants flooding to the southern border.
Biden made the announcement during a White House meeting on Wednesday with two officials who are responsible for dealing with the growing number of migrant children. Those two officials were Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra.
By tasking Harris with the problem, Biden is signaling to lawmakers and the public that he’s treating the issue seriously. The move comes as both Democrats and Republicans in Congress warn of a burgeoning humanitarian crisis.
It’s the first issue that Biden has publicly asked Harris to lead, and the move was meant as a display of trust in her leadership, according to a senior administration official who discussed the matter on condition of anonymity. Harris’s law enforcement background as the former attorney general of California was an important factor in the choice, the official said.
In the coming weeks, Harris is expected to meet with leaders in Mexico as well as those in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador — three countries that make up the Northern Triangle most migrants travel from. She’s also been asked to help develop strategies to stop the flow of migrants and address the root causes of migration by addressing lack of jobs and corruption in Central America.
So Harris is tasked with cleaning up Biden’s mess. That’s interesting. Surely this doesn’t indicate that maybe, just maybe, Biden himself is not up to the task of solving this problem? A lot to chew on with this.
Regardless, if Biden had left Trump’s immigration policies in place we wouldn’t have this problem right now.