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Biden tasks Harris with tackling migrant influx on US-Mexico border

  • Biden tasks Harris with tackling migrant influx on US-Mexico border
    Mr Biden said he was giving her a "tough job" but that she was "the most qualified person to do it". Biden tasks Harris with tackling migrant influx on US-Mexico border
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Mr Biden said he was giving her a "tough job" but that she was "the most qualified person to do it".

US President Joe Biden has put Vice-President Kamala Harris in charge of controlling migration at the southern border following a big influx of new arrivals.

Announcing Ms Harris's appointment as his immigration czar, Mr Biden told reporters and officials at the White House: "She's the most qualified person to do it, to lead our efforts with Mexico and the Northern Triangle [Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador], and the countries that are going to need help in stemming the movement of so many folks - stemming the migration to our southern border".

Mr Biden said he was giving her a "tough job" but that she was "the most qualified person to do it".

The numbers of people arriving have grown since Mr Biden took office.

They include hundreds of unaccompanied minors who are being held in immigration detention facilities.

Since January, the Biden administration has reversed a policy of turning away unaccompanied children, instead choosing to process them and place them with sponsoring families in the US.

In February, US Customs officials took more than 100,000 people into custody along the southern border, a 28% increase on the previous month.