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KAMALA Harris's focus is "not on the border," President Biden's Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during a news conference on Monday.
Psaki also dodged questions about the vice president's book being given to migrant children as reporters continued to press her on Harris's plans for the current US border situation.
Harris recently explained that she hasn't visited the US-Mexico border yet –despite being pegged by Biden to head up the White House's border response — due to Covid-19-related issues.
When asked about this on Monday, Psaki said that "I would tell you … that her focus is not on the border."
"It's on addressing the root causes in the Northern Triangle. That's why the majority of her time has been spent on working … on a diplomatic level."
Psaki said that Harris would be meeting with the president of Guatemala on Monday and speaking with the president of Mexico next week.
Harris is working with the leaders to "ensure there are systems put in place to reduce the amount of migration coming from these countries, but also to address the root causes and that's really what the president has asked her to do," Psaki said.
The press secretary also dodged a question about migrant children being given Harri's 2019 children's book, Superheroes Are Everywhere.
"I have to certainly check on that. Hear it’s a good book,” Psaki said when asked about the book being included in children's welcome bags.
In an interview with CNN on Sunday, Harris said that the administration is making progress at the border, "but it is not going to evidence itself overnight."
The veep has not yet visited the border facilities, but explained that she believes that most people coming from Central America do not actually want to leave their home countries.
"Most people don't want to leave home. They don't want to leave their grandparents," she said.
"They don't want to leave the place where they grew up.
"If parents and children cannot literally eat, if they cannot have the basic essential things that everyone needs to live, of course they're going to flee."
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