Former U.S. Senator and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is being vetted to replace Vice President Harris as the unofficial border ambassador as she continues to avoid the border and all border-related issues.
Except Salazar’s position would be as the official U.S. ambassador to Mexico.
Axios reports that Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is not happy with the Biden administration’s handling of the border, which has sparked a new crisis where thousands of kids remain locked up in detention centers.
López Obrador has laid the blame for the border crisis at Biden’s feet: “Expectations were created that with the government of President Biden, there would be a better treatment of migrants,” he said last month.
“This has caused Central American migrants, and also from our country, wanting to cross the border thinking that it is easier to do so.”
Biden has continued using a Trump-era public health order to quickly turn back to Mexico migrant adults and some families attempting to cross the border.
No word from Salazar on whether he would accept such an appointment.
During Biden’s presidential campaign, Salazar served as co-chair of the Latino leadership committee.