Biden Sends Top Officials to Latin American Countries Amid Surge in Migration at Southern Border

President Biden will be dispatching top officials to various countries in Latin America as the number of migrants arriving at the United States southern border swells. Roberta Johnson, the National Security Council member overseeing border concerns, will be heading to Mexico to “develop an effective and humane plan of action to manage migration” with the Mexican government. Meanwhile, the White House’s senior director of the Western Hemisphere, Juan Gonzales, will be traveling to Guatemala to discuss the “root causes of migration” and to develop plans to “build a more hopeful future in the region.” Ricardo Zúñiga, the State Department’s envoy to the Northern Triangle region of Central America, will also be involved in the efforts, according to National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne. In addition, the White House has run thousands of radio ads across Latin America and hundreds of social media ads urging people to stay in their home countries.

However, despite these efforts to reduce migration, the Biden administration remains compassionate towards the individuals crossing the border. While many Republican lawmakers describe the influx of migrants as a “crisis,” the Biden administration has avoided such derisive terminology. On Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki explicitly stated the situation was “not a crisis,” and went on to affirm that the government has a “responsibility to humanely approach this circumstance and make sure [migrants] are treated and put into conditions that are safe.” It is important that this rhetoric is maintained throughout the presidency. The Biden administration must remain committed to the lives of the immigrants at the border, instead of the political pressures in Washington.