VP Kamala Harris ( Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Biden says he has asked Harris “to lead our efforts with Mexico and the Northern triangle and the countries that are going to need help in stemming” migration at the southern border. 

Press let into room at 2:14pm. 
Biden announced he has asked Harris “to lead our efforts with Mexico and the Northern triangle and the countries that are going to need help in stemming” migration at the southern border. 
Biden described Harris as the most qualified person to lead the effort. 
Biden spoke of “Serious spikes” in people heading to the southern border even amidst last administration
“This new surge we are dealing with now started in the past administration but it is our responsibility” now to deal with it.
Harris has agreed to lead diplomatic effort to work with countries to enhance immigration enforcement at their borders.”I can think of nobody who is better qualified to do this,” Biden said, mentioning Harris’ work as California AG
Harris said there is “no question this is a challenging situation,” spoke of need to enforce laws and also address root causes
She said she looks forward to engaging in diplomacy with these countries, as well as engaging in private sector.

Pool ushered out just after 2:20pm. Biden did not answer shouted questions.

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