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

Daniel Fowler
March 24, 2021

US Vice President Kamala Harris has come under fire for laughing out loud when she was asked whether she planned to visit the southern border, after photos of people sleeping on the ground in crammed clear pens emerged online.

"This new surge we're dealing with now started in the last administration but it's our responsibility to deal with it humanely", Biden said.

"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.

Ms Harris' responsibilities will involve diplomatic relations with the Central American countries known as the Northern Triangle - El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras - where numerous migrants begin their journey.

Harris will work along two tracks, senior administration officials said Wednesday: "stemming the flow of irregular migrants to the U.S." in the near term, and in the longer term, establishing a "strategic partnership" with Mexico and Northern Triangle countries "based on respect and shared values, to enhance prosperity, combat current corruption, and strengthen the rule of law".

Sen. Ted Cruz has written to President Joe Biden to criticise him for denying that what was happening at the border was a crisis.

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Vice President Harris delivers brief remarks during a meeting Wednesday.

They said she would be supported by officials from the Cabinet, including the State Department and USAID, and was likely speak with the leaders of key countries, though did not have specific phone calls to preview. While a Harris trip to the border remains indefinite, President Biden said Sunday he would be touring the border "at some point, " but offered few details.

She is stepping into the role as the Biden administration struggles to balance its message that the U.S. -Mexico border is "closed" with its stated desire to find safe places for the minors who keep crossing the border unaccompanied by their parents.

While speaking to reporters in Jacksonville, Florida on Monday, Harris seemed to blame Biden's border crisis on the previous administration.

"Look, we've been in office less than 100 days", she said.

According to reports, the number of illegal aliens entering the US has escalated to a 20 year high.

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