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Biden migration adviser Tyler Moran will step down in January


President Biden’s senior adviser for migration, Tyler Moran, is set to leave her post after only seven months on the job. 

Moran took the post in July amid a record surge in border crossings that has decreased in the colder months. She is set to depart at the end of January, and the White House is now weighing replacements. 

‘Tyler has been an invaluable member of our team since the transition and a tremendous asset in our effort to rebuild a fair and humane immigration system,’ White House chief domestic policy adviser Susan Rice told Politico Playbook. 

The White House insisted that Moran only ever planned to stay on the first year, and was burnt out after spending the last seven months commuting by plane. But it made a similar statement after the departure of Amy Pope, Moran’s predecessor, in July.  

 ‘Amy had always intended to join the Biden Administration for a short time with an expected departure in the mid-summer,’ the White House said at the time. 

Other members of the migration team have departed after short stints, including Biden’s former ‘border czar’ Roberta Jacobson, who left in April.  

It is not clear where Moran spent the last seven months commuting from by plane, but she is a native of New Hampshire, according to a writeup in the Concord Monitor. 

Moran is the co-founder of Immigration Hub, an immigrant advocacy group, and former policy adviser for former Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada,  and former immigration policy director for the Domestic Policy Council under President Obama. 

The US saw a record-high number of apprehensions at the southern border in July – 213,593. Numbers have steadily decreased since then – 209,840 in August, 192,001 encounters in September and 164,303 interdictions reported in October. 

Weeks ago, the Biden administration was forced to reinstate the Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy due to a court’s decision. 

President Biden’s senior adviser for migration, Tyler Moran, is set to leave her post after only seven months on the job

Moran took the post in July amid a record surge in border crossings that has decreased in the colder months

Moran took the post in July amid a record surge in border crossings that has decreased in the colder months

The US saw a record-high number of apprehensions at the southern border in July - 213,593. Numbers have steadily decreased since then - 209,840 in August, 192,001 encounters in September and 164,303 interdictions reported in October

The US saw a record-high number of apprehensions at the southern border in July – 213,593. Numbers have steadily decreased since then – 209,840 in August, 192,001 encounters in September and 164,303 interdictions reported in October

The Department of Homeland Security said it would comply with a court order in reimplementing the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), which requires asylum-seekers who made it to the border by way of Mexico to remain in the country as they await U.S. court proceedings related to their claim. 

Last month, White House communications chief of staff Emma Riley left her post for a job in the Labor Department. But much attention has been focused on departures from Vice President Kamala Harris’ office, where reports of chaos and dysfunction have been leaking out. 

Harris communications director Ashley Etienne left weeks ago, followed by the departure of Harris’ chief spokesperson Symone Sanders. 

Peter Velz, director of press operations, and Vince Evans, deputy director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, have both told others in the vice president’s office that they are also leaving, administration officials told the Washington Post. 

Meanwhile, White House press secretary Jen Psaki insisted on Monday that Harris is still in charge of addressing root causes of migration after the president of Guatemala said he had not heard from her since the vice president’s visit in June. 

Asked if Harris remains in the lead on migration, Psaki replied: ‘She is, and I just announced a commitment that she’s announcing this afternoon,’ said Psaki, referring to a $1.2 billion investment from businesses in Central American economies.

‘Well, then why is it that she has not spoken to the President of Guatemala since June?’ continued Peter Doocy of Fox News. ‘That’s six months.’

Psaki replied: ‘I know that I did see this kind of strange report from the president of Guatemala saying that he’s had no contact with the White House, which is inaccurate.’

‘Other than your meeting with Kamala Harris in June?’ Fox News‘ John Roberts asked Alejandro Giammattei of his contact with the White House last week. ‘That is the only one,’ he responded. 

The controversy threatened to take the shine off $540 million in new commitments from the private sector for Central America.

Initiatives included a push by Nespresso to support coffee-growing in Honduras and El Salvador, a Microsoft pledge to connect millions of people to the Internet and a $100 million commitment from Mastercard to promote digital payments and e-commerce.

Harris appealed to the private sector in May for helping in supporting employment opportunities and economic growth as part of an effort to dissuade families from heading north to seek out better economic prospects.



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