“The vice president is not doing boundaries,” Harris’ chief adviser told reporters on Friday. “The president asked the vice president to take over diplomatic efforts with Mexico and … the Northern Triangle to address the root causes of immigration.”
Harris will now have the complex task of examining why waves of immigrants seeking shelter in the US from the Northern Triangle countries, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador arrived after traveling through Mexico to the US border.
“There are many reasons for these people to take this dangerous journey,” said senior adviser Simon Sanders, conveying the same points the president made at his first press conference on Thursday. “This is not work that will be taken up overnight.”
“This is a difficult situation … but diplomatic work must be done,” she added.
Biden was widely reported to have used Harris to deal with a larger portfolio that included public border issues.
The Vice President traveled to Connecticut Friday afternoon as part of the administration’s “Helping Round” to promote the $ 1.9 trillion US bailout plan the president recently signed.
Harris said the money provided through the fiscal stimulus is an opportunity to lift children out of poverty.
“Let’s be clear – poverty causes shocks,” she said.
Harris said working parents need support while being allowed to pursue their careers – linking childcare and the economy.
“The relationship between childcare and these other systems is very direct,” Harris added.