Harris said the task of directing these efforts was not delegated by President Joe Biden, but rather asked her to “continue the work he did as Vice President under former President Barack Obama”.
She noted that parts of the federal government like the Commerce and Agriculture Ministries will put guidelines in place to help, and that she plans to work with community-level organizations in countries like Mexico and Guatemala to improve conditions and give citizens a reason to do so to give to stay in their countries.
Harris also said the hardest part of the job was rebuilding relationships with the nations of Central America after the Trump administration.
“We’re making progress, but it won’t prove overnight,” she said. “Part of the problem is that under the previous administration they essentially pulled out much of what had been the continuum of work. It essentially came to a standstill. We need to rebuild it, and I’ve made it very clear to our team that this has to be a function of a priority that is an American priority, and not just a function of who is sitting in that chair right now. “