The White House announced Friday that Roberta Jacobson, who had been chosen as the president’s coordinator for border affairs Joe Biden, will leave the post at the end of April.
The announcement comes as the United States faces a migration crisis by the arrival of a record number of immigrants to the southern border, creating one of the main crises at the beginning of the Biden government. It also follows the appointment weeks ago of Vice President Kamala Harris to take charge of diplomatic efforts with Central American countries to address immigration issues.
The diplomat explained this Friday that she had agreed with Biden be in office for 100 days, in accordance with The New York Times. “The plan continues to address what the president set as his goal: an immigration system that is humane, orderly and safe. I leave with optimism. The policy direction is correct for our country ”.
The announcement also coincides with Biden’s formal request to Congress to approve a $ 861 million aid package to address the causes that are pushing tens of thousands to flee poverty and violence and seek a future in America. Republicans have criticized Biden’s backtracking on Trump’s political controversies, saying this has pushed migration to record highs.
Only this week, the US government announced the opening of three centers on the border to attend to the thousands of unaccompanied minors who have arrived, since the management capacity of the immigration authorities has been exceeded by the size of the emergency. Currently the administration has set up 10 temporary shelters with a capacity for 16,000 beds.
Jacobson was Undersecretary of State for Affairs in the Western Hemisphere between 2012 and 2016 and later the US Ambassador to Mexico between 2016 and 2018 before assuming the position of head of border issues upon Biden’s arrival two months ago.