Vice President Kamala Harris has finally broken down and will begin work in her new role regarding immigration as she plans to meet with experts on Wednesday regarding Central America’s Northern Triangle countries.
The White House announced Harris will discuss several announcements regarding Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala to improve enforcement along the nation’s southern border, as well as the borders of Northern Triangle nations. The virtual meeting will take place in the vice president’s office.
The meeting will mark her first official business related to immigration since Harris was tapped to lead the issue by President Joe Biden nearly three weeks ago.
As immigration numbers continue to spike, both Biden and Harris have been criticized for not visiting the nation’s southern border for a firsthand look at the growing issue. In contrast, several GOP leaders have leaked images and video to reveal the conditions of unaccompanied migrant camps in Texas.
Biden’s immigration policy changes have led to concerns from both Republicans and Democrats. He signed an executive order on his first day in office to end construction of the Trump border wall.
An additional executive order ended most deportations for 100 days along the southern border. In addition, the Obama-era catch-and-release action has been reinstated, allowing apprehended immigrants to be released within America until their asylum hearing.
Further adding to increased immigration numbers has been the Biden administration’s policy to accept all unaccompanied minors. More than 19,000 accompanied children were taken into U.S. custody in March, a new record.
More than 171,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended in March alone. This was in addition to more than 100,000 immigrants in February.
With estimates of more than one million illegal immigrants crossing the nation’s southern border this year, many are demanding action. The nation’s borders must be secured to allow Americans to live in safety.