Biden ‘border czar’ Roberta Jacobson stepping down amid crisis

President Biden’s “border czar” is stepping down amid the surge of southern migrants 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.”

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

The move comes as the Biden administration is reportedly considering sending cash payments to Central Americans in a bid to prevent them from making the trek north and as Vice President Kamala Harris, tapped by Biden to handle the crisis, still has yet to visit the border. 

Biden border czar Roberta Jacobson steps down amid crisis
Roberta Jacobson speaks at the White House on March 10, 2021.
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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 its 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.

Asylum-seeking migrants cross the border from Mexico and are detained by CBP agents in Calexico, California.
Roberta Jacobson said the US was sending “mixed messages” to migrants.
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Earlier Friday, a California man whose brother was slain 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.”

Former US ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson will be retiring at the end of April 2021.
Former US ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson will be retiring at the end of April 2021.
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