President Joe Biden has been in office less than three months and has already made a mess of the U.S.-Mexico border. Things are getting worse while nobody in his administration seems to know how to fix it.
Former U.S. ambassador to Mexico and “border czar” Roberta S. Jacobson announced she will be stepping down, Breitbart reported. She will officially leave her post at the end of this month as Vice President Kamala Harris takes over.
Although her decision coincided with Biden’s decision to put Harris in charge of the situation, Jacobson insisted it was not related. “Nobody could be more delighted to see the vice president take on that role,” Jacobson reportedly told the New York Times. “It didn’t have anything to do with my decision.”
Her departure was expected as the role was supposed to last only the first 100 days of the new administration. However, the situation she is handing to Harris is volatile and only getting worse.
Jacobson was initially tapped to lead diplomacy with the Central American nations, but that has also been given to Harris as well. It’s a necessity because many migrants from Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador are coming up through Mexico and exacerbating the current crisis, Fox News reported.
#BorderPatrol agents encountered over 130 illegal aliens that surrendered near San Miguel, #AZ. The group consisted of citizens from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. Masks were provided and the group was transported to #Tucson for processing. @CBP pic.twitter.com/0zb4k4MTD0
— John R. Modlin (@USBPChiefTCA) April 7, 2021
Before relinquishing her role, Jacobson accidentally said the quiet part out loud and admitted this whole problem fell at Biden’s feet. “Surges tend to respond to hope, and there was a significant hope for a more humane policy after four years of, you know, pent-up demand,” she said.
During that same briefing, she accidentally said “border was not closed” in Spanish. She later corrected herself on that point, but that seems to be the reality of what’s happening even as the administration protests that it’s not.
Regardless of who is now in charge of the situation, it’s undeniable that the influx of new migrants is causing logistical problems and untold human suffering. The Biden administration has a crisis on its hands, but so far Jacobson and Harris are unable or unwilling to relieve it.