White Home press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday maintained that Vice President Kamala Harris‘ focus is “not on the border,” however on the “root causes” of migration, amid heightened scrutiny over her new function and questions on why she has but to go to the U.S. southern border.
Final month, President Biden appointed Harris to function the administration’s diplomatic liaison in talks with Mexico and the Northern Triangle nations – Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador – on how finest to deal with the basis causes of the migrant surge.
Throughout Monday’s White Home press briefing, Psaki was requested why Harris has not visited the border — a query she referred to the vice chairman’s workforce.
“However I’d inform you additionally that her focus will not be on the border,” Psaki stated. “It is on addressing the basis causes within the Northern Triangle, and that is why nearly all of her time has been spent engaged on a diplomatic stage.”
Harris is about to satisfy with the president of Guatemala on Monday afternoon, and with the president of Mexico subsequent week, Psaki stated.
“She’s working with them to make sure there are techniques put in place to cut back the quantity of migration coming from these nations, but additionally to deal with the basis causes,” Psaki stated.
She added: “And that is actually what the president requested her to do.”
White Home officers, earlier this month, maintained that Harris would play a “diplomatic” function and would lead “diplomatic efforts to have interaction Mexico and the Northern Triangle to deal with the basis causes of migration and to supervise the circulation and use of US assist.”
The White Home later clarified that Harris wasn’t concerned with the “border disaster,” however was as a substitute centered on addressing the “root causes — not the border.”
The Biden administration has been dealing with a persevering with border disaster, with a migrant surge that has led to pictures of migrant kids packed at over-capacity services and households being launched into the U.S.
On Monday, Psaki stated the administration is targeted on “expediting transferring children out of those Border Patrol services” with the intention to “cut back the general public well being impression” on them and the services amid the coronavirus pandemic, and transfer them into areas the place they will correctly apply social distance, and make sure the minors have “entry to well being and medical specialists and academic sources.”
“We have made some progress on that entrance,” Psaki stated, including that if Biden or Harris visits a facility of that sort, officers would “should doubtlessly clear some elements out.”
“There’s quite a lot of safety that comes — our focus right here is on options, making progress, on transferring children out of those services and getting them linked with sponsor properties, with relations, if potential,” Psaki stated.
“And that is actually the place the president’s focus is at this level,” she added.