Biden ‘border czar’ Roberta Jacobson stepping down amid migrant crisis

President Biden’s “border czar” is stepping down amid the surge of migrants to the US-Mexico border that the White House has refused to acknowledge as a crisis.

Former US ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson will retire at the end of the month, with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan saying Friday that the move was “consistent with her commitment at the outset to serve in the Administration’s first 100 days.”

President Biden’s “border czar” is stepping down amid the surge of migrants to the US-Mexico border that the White House has refused to acknowledge as a crisis.

Former US ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson will retire at the end of the month, with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan saying Friday that the move was “consistent with her commitment at the outset to serve in the Administration’s first 100 days.”

Sullivan said Vice President Kamala Harris will continue to lead a “whole-of-government approach” to the crisis — appearing to contradict the recent instance from the White House that Harris only is handling the “root causes” of migration.

Sullivan said, “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 across the interagency including Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, who were tasked by the President at the beginning of the administration to rebuild our immigration system.”

Jacobson’s retirement was announced less than a month after she admitted that the White House was sending “mixed messages” to migrants from Latin America, saying “it is difficult at times to convey both hope in the future and the danger that is now.”

Jacobson departs as the Biden administration reportedly is considering sending cash payments to Central Americans in a bid to prevent them from making the trek north and as Harris, tapped by Biden to to handle the crisis, still has yet to visit either the border or Central America.

Meanwhile, migrant parents already in the United States say they are not being given regular — if any — updates about the location or well-being of their children in federal custody. And it’s reportedly costing US taxpayers more than $60 million a week to care for 16,500 unaccompanied migrant teenagers and children now in federally run shelters.

Customs and Border Protection announced this week that the number of illegal immigrant encounters at the southern border has exploded — rising more than 71 percent since February.

Robertson’s abrupt departure came as a surprise to many in Washington and some Republicans questioned whether she was leaving voluntarily.

Former US ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, who also was acting intelligence director last year, tweeted, “Biden blames and fires a woman for his disastrous border policy.”

Harris’ office has disclosed few details about her efforts.

Although the White House has clarified that Harris is addressing the “root causes” of the migrant crisis, her office has disclosed few details about her efforts.

Last week, Harris spoke with Guatemala’s president, but she has not spoken with the leaders of El Salvador or Honduras — which together with Guatemala form the so-called “Northern Triangle” from which many migrants travel. Harris spoke Wednesday with Mexico’s president.

“Roberta Jacobson, who admitted Biden’s immigration policies ‘may have driven people’ to the border, is now stepping down as border czar. So who is in charge?” tweeted Chad Gilmartin, a communications aide to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

“VP Harris is absent from the border, while CBP data contradicts WH claims the surge is seasonal.”

Earlier Friday, a California man whose brother was slain in 2018 by an illegal immigrant blasted Biden’s immigration policy, saying, “We absolutely have a crisis.”

“If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, it’s not a cow, it’s a duck,” Jody Jones said on “Fox & Friends.”

“So don’t sit there and tell me there’s not a crisis down at the border, because there is.”

White House officials have repeatedly refused to call the situation a crisis, although press secretary Jen Psaki slipped up during a briefing last month and referred to the “crisis on the border” while discussing the shipment of COVID-19 vaccines to Mexico.

When a reporter noted her use of the word, Psaki quickly corrected herself and said, “Challenges on the border.”

Via https://nypost.com/2021/04/09/biden-border-czar-roberta-jacobson-stepping-down-amid-crisis/