National security adviser Jake Sullivan said in a statement that Jacobson had only planned to stay for the administration’s first 100 days. Her thanked her for “an invaluable contribution to the Biden-Harris Administration and to the United States.”
Sullivan credited her with “having 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 U.S. immigration system.”
Jacobson spoke to reporters at the White House last month and acknowledged the significant challenge of addressing a flow of families and unaccompanied children.
“President Biden has made clear from day one that he wants to change our immigration system,” she said then. “Doing so means truly building back better, because we can’t just undo four years of the previous administration’s actions overnight.
“Those actions didn’t just neglect our immigration system; they intentionally made it worse. When you add a pandemic to that, it’s clear it will take significant time to overcome. We must build a better immigration system that reflects our values as Americans, enforces our laws, safeguards public health, and moves away from cycles of irregular migration.”