Kamala Harris gets migrant file under her wing

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris is taking care of a complex migrant file. At the request of President Joe Biden, she will try to stop the increasing flow of migrants from the south.

Harris has agreed to lead diplomatic efforts with Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. โ€œI can‘t think of anyone who is more qualified for this,โ€ said Biden during a meeting with Harris at his side. He led this file himself when he was the vice president of then President Barack Obama.

As the first female vice president, Harris has been particularly concerned with the coronacrisis since taking office in January. Although she had not yet received specific dossiers from Biden, she has spoken to a number of foreign government leaders over the past few months. On the migrant dossier, she says that there is no doubt that there is a real challenge.

Migrant Stream from the South

There is currently much to do to the migrant flow from the south. More and more people are leaving Central America because of the poverty that prevails there. They hope to travel through Mexico to the United States, where they hope to build a better future. Among other things, the authorities are struggling with an increase in the number of children travelling independently at the border, which has led to a shortage of reception capacity.

The problems at the border are, according to the Democratic President, the result of the ‘somewhat draconian‘ policy of his Republican predecessor Trump. Republicans talk about a crisis and put responsibility to Biden, who is reforming Trump’s rigorous migration policy.