US first lady Jill Biden willparticipate in efforts by her husband’s administration to reunite familiessplit apart by former president Donald Trump’s hardline immigration policies,the White House said Friday.
In line with his campaign promises, President Joe Biden plans to announce on Tuesday “his launch of a task force on reunifying families and children. Something that he is personally committed to, his wife Dr Biden is personally committed to and invested in,” said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki, reports AFP.
The task force will be under the command of Alejandro Mayorkas, who is due to be confirmed by the Senate as head of the Department for Homeland Security on Monday, she added.
Jill Biden, 69, has a doctorate in education and plans to keep teaching at a university close to Washington while her husband serves as president.
In December, she visited a migrant camp in Mexico, close to the border with Texas. “We are a welcoming nation, but that’s not the message that we’re sending at the border,” she said at the time.