President Biden has tasked Vice President Harris with addressing the root causes of mass migration from Central America, but she will not handle southern border policy in general, a senior adviser said.
“The vice president is not making the border,” a senior Harris adviser told reporters Friday. “The president asked the vice president to assume diplomatic efforts with Mexico and … the Northern Triangle to address the root causes of migration.”
Harris will now have the complicated task of reviewing why waves of migrants seeking refuge in the United States have been arriving from the Northern Triangle countries, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, after traveling through Mexico to the border with the United States.
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“There are many reasons for these people to take this dangerous journey,” said senior adviser Symone Sanders, relaying the same talking points made by the president in his first press conference Thursday. “This is not a job that will be tackled overnight.”
“This is a challenging situation … but it is diplomatic work that must be done,” he added.
Biden had been widely reported to have turned to Harris to handle a larger portfolio that included general border-related issues.
The vice president headed to Connecticut Friday afternoon as part of the administration’s “Tour Help is Here” to promote the $ 1.9 trillion US Rescue Plan recently signed by the president.
Harris said the funds provided through the fiscal stimulus plan are an opportunity to lift children out of poverty.
“Let’s be clear: poverty is traumatic,” he said.
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Harris said working parents need support while allowing them to pursue their careers, which makes a link between childcare and the economy.
“The connection between child care and these other systems is so direct,” added Harris.