White House insists VP Harris' focus is 'not on the border' but on migration 'root causes'

上个月, 拜登(Biden)总统任命哈里斯(Harris)为美国政府的外交联络员,与墨西哥和北三角形国家(洪都拉斯)进行会谈, Guatemala and El Salvador – on how best to address the root causes of the migrant surge.

During Monday’s White House press briefing, Psaki was asked why Harris has not visited the border — a question she referred to the vice president’s team.

But I would tell you also that her focus is not on the border,” 普萨基说. “It’s on addressing the root causes in the Northern Triangle, and that’s why the majority of her time has been spent working on a diplomatic level.

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Harris is set to meet with the president of Guatemala on Monday afternoon, and with the president of Mexico next week, 普萨基说.

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks to the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, from the East Room of the White House, 星期四, 四月 22, 2021, 在华盛顿.

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks to the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, from the East Room of the White House, 星期四, 四月 22, 2021, 在华盛顿. (美联社照片/ Evan Vucci)

She’s working with them to ensure there are systems put in place to reduce the amount of migration coming from these countries, but also to address the root causes,” 普萨基说.

她补充说: “And that’s really what the president asked her to do.

White House officials, 本月初, maintained that Harris would play a “外交” role and would leaddiplomatic efforts to engage Mexico and the Northern Triangle to address the root causes of migration and to oversee the flow and use of US aid.

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The White House later clarified that Harris wasn’t involved with the “边境危机,” but was instead focused on addressing theroot causes — not the border.

The Biden administration has been facing a continuing border crisis, with a migrant surge that has led to images of migrant children packed at over-capacity facilities and families being released into the U.S.

在星期一, Psaki said the administration is focused onexpediting moving kids out of these Border Patrol facilities” 为了 “reduce the public health impacton them and the facilities amid the coronavirus pandemic, and move them into spaces where they can properly practice social distance, and ensure the minors haveaccess to health and medical experts and educational resources.

We’ve made some progress on that front,” 普萨基说, adding that if Biden or Harris visits a facility of that kind, officials wouldhave to potentially clear some parts out.

There’s a lot of security that comes — our focus here is on solutions, making progress, on moving kids out of these facilities and getting them connected with sponsor homes, with family members, 如果可能的话,” 普萨基说.

And that’s really where the president’s focus is at this point,” 她补充说.

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