Vice President Kamala Harris released a five-pronged strategy on Thursday that she said will get to the root causes of migration amid the Biden administration’s southern border crisis.
In a cover letter discussing the plan, Harris wrote, “In Central America, the root causes of migration are deep – and migration from the region has a direct impact on the United States.” “For that reason, our nation must engage relentlessly with the region to address the difficulties that cause people to leave Central America and come to our border.”
Harris’ plan comes as nearly 50,000 illegal immigrants who arrived in the US between mid-March and mid-July were released without court dates, according to Department of Homeland Security data. Axios. reported by.
Of those migrants, only 13 percent had checked in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement as of Monday, the report said.
The strategy of administration is divided into five parts.
Part one covers “addressing economic insecurity and inequality” in Central America. Part two, the administration said in a fact sheet Thursday morning, involved “combating corruption, strengthening democratic governance and advancing the rule of law” in those countries.
Part three focuses on “promoting respect for human rights, labor rights, and the free press”, while part four “combating violence, extortion, and other crimes committed by criminal gangs, trafficking networks, and other organized criminal organizations and focused on stopping.
Finally, part five deals with “the combating of sexual, gender-based, and domestic violence.”
The plan strictly follows previous statements supporting short-term relief for migration pressures, while promising a continued focus on long-term motivations for people to leave their countries.
The undoing of former President Donald Trump’s border policies by the Biden administration has led to an influx of Central American and Mexican illegal migrants, including thousands of children, to the US border.
Central Americans seeking asylum from the Northern Triangle countries – Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras – have taken these policy moves, as well as a highly welcoming tone from Democrats, as a sign that President Biden may be inviting them to cross the border. are.
Insisting that the border is not facing a crisis, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Meyercas said in early March that the problems the agency has faced should be blamed on the previous administration.
However, the data overwhelmingly shows migrants are flooding the border because they believe Biden will welcome them with open arms, with more than 170,000 illegal crossings a month.
As the crisis heated up, Biden tapped Harris to address diplomatic measures concerning its “root causes.” However, despite intense pressure, he had refused to commit to surveying the situation for himself for the first three months as frontline czar.
In her Thursday cover letter, she acknowledged that there was a lot of work to be done.
“We’ll build on what works, and we’ll get away with what doesn’t,” she wrote. “It won’t be easy, and progress won’t be immediate, but we’re committed to fixing it.”
post with wires