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A former ambassador to Mexico appointed by Joe Biden to coordinate federal efforts at the US-Mexico border will step down from her role, the White House announced on Friday.
Roberta Jacobson served as special assistant to the president and coordinator for the southwest border under the National Security Council. Her 100-day role was intended to conclude by the end of April, when she will retire from government, according to the White House.
Her departure follows intense scrutiny over the rise in unaccompanied minors to the US-Mexico border and a strained federal response to provide aid and shelter, as Mr Biden directs administration officials to repair a fractured immigration system in the wake of Donald Trump’s administration.
In a statement, national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Ms Jacobson has “shaped our relationship with Mexico as an equal partner, having launched our renewed efforts with the Northern Triangle nations of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, and having underscored this administration’s commitment to reenergizing the US immigration system. “
Vice President Kamala Harris has been tapped to coordinate efforts among Central American countries as part of a White House effort to improve conditions that have driven the recent rise in immigration to the US, including humanitarian crises around poverty, violence, Covid-19 and its economic fallout, and several devastating hurricanes.