Harris on border crisis: "This is not going to be solved overnight"

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Vice President Kamala Harris outlined the Biden administration's multi-pronged approach to stem the border crisis during an interview with CNN on Sunday.

Driving the news: The vice president noted that most people don't want to leave their homes and many who are fleeing dangerous circumstances or seeking to satisfy the "bare necessities" of life.

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The big picture: Harris, who has been charged with leading the administration's efforts on the border, emphasized that the U.S. is seeking to create multi-faceted solutions with a long-term focus on solving the underlying causes of the immigration crisis.

  • She said she convened a meeting with members of the cabinet and leaders of groups such as USAID to help craft how the administration approaches immigration reform.

  • Harris also said that the U.S. will be asking for more assistance from its allies at the U.N. on this issue.

Details: The U.S. Department of Commerce will convene a trade mission to the countries of the Northern Triangle, while the Department of Agriculture will help assist farmers who have been devastated by climate events, Harris noted.

  • Harris also emphasized the need for the administration to work with and support local, community-based organizations in these countries.

What they're saying: “[I]t’s not going to be solved overnight. This is a complex issue. Listen, if this were easy it would have been handled years ago.”

  • “We are making progress, but it’s not going to evidence itself overnight. It will not. But it will be worth it.”

  • "We’re going to be increasing the requests we’re making of our allies in the United Nations, because, again, this is about the Western Hemisphere."

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