The White House’s border coordinator will resign at the end of the month amid a historic surge in migrants at the southern border.
‘They continue to drive toward the architecture that the president has laid out: an immigration system that is humane, orderly and safe,’ she said in a brief interview. ‘I leave optimistically. The policy direction is so clearly right for our country.
National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan called Jacobson’s work ‘an invaluable contribution.’
‘Consistent with her commitment at the outset to serve in the Administration’s first 100 days, Ambassador Jacobson will retire from her role as Coordinator at the end of this month,’ he said in a statement Friday.
Jacobson’s resignation comes amid growing pressure for Vice President Kamala Harris to visit the border, 16 days after the White House said she would be leading the effort.
Sullivan said Harris continues to lead efforts related to the border, showing the importance the administration places on the issue.
‘President Biden has asked Vice President Kamala Harris to lead the Administration’s work on our efforts with Mexico and the Northern Triangle, a testament to the importance this administration places on improving conditions in the region. The Vice President is overseeing a whole-of-government approach supported by outstanding public servants,’ he said.
Customs and Border Protection revealed yesterday that March saw the highest number of migrant children crossing the border in history.
Jacobson has argued that the migration problem needs to be addressed at the source, in Central America, while many have suggested that Biden’s reversal of Trump policies has caused a flood of new arrivals.
She briefed reporters in March, where she echoed the administration’s message the U.S. border with Mexico.
But when she tried to translate that message into Spanish, she reversed its meaning, saying, ‘La frontera no esta cerrada,’ which in English means ‘the border is not closed.’
Later in the briefing, she corrected herself and translated the message correctly.
White House border coordinator Roberta Jacobson on the National Security council will resign at the end of the month amid a historic surge in migrants at the southern border
Jacobson announced the move in a New York Times interview on Friday
Meanwhile, Arizona’s Republican attorney general said Thursday that Harris has not responded to his requests to visit the crisis-hit border, as Republicans released video of migrants crossing the Rio Grande just a few feet behind them.
‘I guess if you were a philosopher you would say no response is a very loud response because we’ve not received any response,’ Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in an interview with Fox.
Harris was named border czar last month by President Joe Biden as the administration faces a growing emergency with record numbers of illegal immigrants arriving in the U.S. and border facilities quickly becoming overcrowded and understaffed.
Jacobson praised Harris in her interview with The New York Times.
‘I briefed and worked in support of the vice president’s leadership on this issue,’ she said. ‘Nobody could be more delighted to see the vice president take on that role. It didn’t have anything to do with my decision.’
In the 16 days since she was given responsibility, the vice president hasn’t visited the southern border or addressed the crisis in any way – despite mounting pressure.
During a trip spearheaded by Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan on Wednesday, Rep. Victoria Spartz of Indiana said: ‘Forty percent of our Border Patrol agents are busy processing people and changing diapers.’
‘It means that they cannot do their job protecting the border. It means that Mexican cartels are controlling the border. This is a national security and humanitarian crisis,’ she continued during a press conference at the border.
Data released Thursday shows the number of migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border is vastly higher in 2021 compared to 2020, which saw a decrease in crossings. Crossing have reached an all-time high under Biden
Here, families wait to board a bus to a processing facility. Biden claims he is sending the vast majority of adults and families back to their home countries as his administration pushes the message: ‘The border is closed’
Republican House Whip Steven Scalise led a group of 10 GOP lawmakers to the border. He released a video where migrants can be seen in the background being apprehended by border patrol
Hundreds more migrants arrived over the southern border overnight from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador
Republican lawmakers have been flooding to the south to assess the situation – holding two separate group trips to the border this week.
GOP House Whip Steve Scalise released a video on Twitter around 1:30 a.m. Friday morning where, in the background, children migrants were seen apprehended and escorted to processing facilities by border patrol agents after they ran across the U.S. border from Mexico.
Scalise led a group of 10 GOP lawmakers to McAllen, Texas Thursday evening to tour holding facilities and assess the growing border crisis.
‘LIVE from the border,’ the Louisiana representative wrote on Twitter at 1:37 a.m. ‘This is out of control. It’s the middle of the night. We’ve seen dozens of children flow freely across the border in just the past few minutes.’
‘This is the reality of Joe Biden’s disastrous amnesty agenda,’ Scalise said.
Vice President Harris has jetted all over the U.S. without visiting the U.S.-Mexico border, despite being named border czar last month