President Biden and Vice President Harris will meet Wednesday with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra at the White House as the migrant crisis continues to escalate.
Other immigrations advisers will also be present at the meeting, scheduled for 2 p.m. EST, the White House said in a notice.
The Biden administration’s undoing of former President Trump’s border policies has prompted a flood of Central American and Mexican illegal migrants at the US border, including thousands of unescorted children.
Central Americans looking for refuge from the Northern Triangle countries — El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala — have taken these policy moves, as well as the overwhelmingly more welcoming tone from Democrats, as a sign that this president is inviting them to cross the border.
Insisting that the border was not facing a crisis, Mayorkas said earlier this month that the problems the agency faced should be blamed on the previous administration.
The data, however, overwhelmingly shows that migrants were flooding the border because they believed Biden would welcome them with open arms.
A portion of the meeting is listed as being open to the press, though it is unclear how much access reporters will have or how many questions the commander-in-chief plans to take.
Wednesday’s White House gathering comes following days of meetings between top US officials for the region and Mexico and Guatemala.
The commander-in-chief is almost certain to be briefed on those meetings and what progress is being made in addressing the crisis.
The trip was led by White House southwest border coordinator Roberta Jacobson and joined by Juan Gonzalez, NSC senior director for the Western Hemisphere, and Ricardo Zuniga, the State Department’s newly appointed Northern Triangle special envoy.
The White House did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for more details on the meeting, as well as if the group intended to take questions from reporters.