Vice President of the United States of America, Kamala Harris, took oath this thursday Ken Salazari as Washington’s new ambassador Mexico, following his confirmation for the job by the Senate last August.
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The officials did not respond to any questions from the press during the ceremony held at the Vice President’s office.
Salazar, who on August 11 became the first nominee for ambassador to receive Senate endorsement by President of the United States, Joe Biden, will be the president’s first line of contact with the government. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, in the middle of a new immigration crisis at the southern border of the United States.
At the age of 66, Salazar will replace Christopher Landau, who stepped down last January, when now-former President Donald Trump ended his term (2017-2021). Mexican Heritage is currently led by the Charge d’Affaires, Stephanie Septak-Ramnath.
The new US diplomatic representative was Secretary of the Interior during the first term of former President Barack Obama (2009–2013) and a senator from Colorado between 2005 and 2009, where he also served as attorney general.
With his election as a senator, he made history by becoming the first Latino Democrat elected to the Senate since 1972.
Now the ambassador describes himself as “Mexican-American”. He was born in Colorado and raised in what is now known as the San Luis Valley, which borders neighboring New Mexico and became home to the first Mexican and Spanish settlers, who arrived in 1598.
Biden assigned Harris a mission to curb illegal immigration from Central America’s Northern Triangle (El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras), a task in which Mexico plays a vital role as a transit country and neighbor to the United States.
Since coming to power, Biden has faced a surge in the number of undocumented immigrants who, despite borders being closed, have been unable to reach the United States amid the difficult panorama facing his countries following the COVID-19 pandemic. trying.
With information from EFE
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