The WHITE House’s border coordinator, Roberta Jacobson, will resign at the end of April, the White House said on Friday – as the Biden administration struggled with the historic migration crisis.
Jacobson served as President Joe Biden’s Coordinator on the Southwest Border at the National Security Council.
Last week, Customs and Border Protection said in a report that more than 170,000 migrants arrived at the border in March, an increase of about 70 percent from February.
Those migrants include 18,890 unaccompanied minors from Central America on the southwestern border, 100 percent more than in February, according to the report.
This figure is also 5 times higher than in February 2020 under former President Donald Trump.
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said in a White House statement on Friday that Jacobson’s resignation was “in line with her commitment from the start to serve for the first 100 days of administration” .
The White House statement does not mention who will replace Jacobson but Vice President Kamala Harris will lead US diplomatic efforts in Central America with Mexico and Northern Triangle countries such as Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. .
The White House makes it clear that Harris’ primary mission is diplomatic efforts in the region, but border security is the responsibility of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, according to Reuters.
The United States is considering a conditional cash transfer program for the Northern Triangle to help resolve economic struggles, Jacobson told Reuters on Friday.
Biden has been criticized for handling the US-Mexico border, with a sheriff accusing the president of causing the country to face national security threats and rampant sex trafficking.
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“Sheriffs across the country are mobilizing,” Hodgson told the network. “We’ve actually taken this stance a few times and President Biden knows it – that the open frontier doesn’t work.”
Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson, of Bristol County, Massachusetts, made the comments during an appearance on Fox & Friends on Thursday, after he and 275 other sheriffs across 39 states wrote to Biden urging him on. urged him border guard.