The White House has announced changes to its team of advisers on US immigration

The White House announced major additions to its immigration team on Friday, signaling a shift in its approach to border control policy. Blas Nuñez-Neto, former assistant secretary for border and immigration policy at the Department of Homeland Security, and Marcela Escobari, previously in charge of the Latin America and Caribbean Bureau at the U.S. Agency for International Development, will join the White House working group aimed at reducing migration flows.

The move reflects the Biden administration’s strategy to balance border security with creating legal routes for safe immigration. Nuñez-Neto, an Argentine immigrant with a deep understanding of immigration policy, will bring his expertise to address the current challenges facing the immigration system. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas praised Nuñez-Neto’s talent and dedication and expressed anticipation for their continued collaboration in his new role.

A native of Bolivia, Escobari is recognized for her work at USAID, where she manages responses to displacement and economic challenges in Latin America. Her appointment comes at a critical time when relations with countries such as Mexico are under scrutiny, with a focus on development policies and border control cooperation.

The White House expressed optimism about the contributions of Nuñez-Neto and Escobari and highlighted their experience and commitment to a balanced and humanitarian immigration policy. The administration reiterated its commitment to fixing the broken immigration system and pushing for bipartisan solutions in Congress.