10 things you need to know today: March 25, 2021

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1. Biden puts Harris in charge of border efforts

President Biden announced Wednesday that Vice President Kamala Harris will lead the administration's effort to curb a surge of migrants trying to cross the southern border into the United States. Harris will work with the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to figure out ways to work together to reduce the flow of migrant families and unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in the U.S. "This new surge that we are dealing with now started with the last administration but it is our responsibility to deal with it humanely and to stop what is happening," Biden said. Biden has said he wants Harris' role in the administration to be like the one he played when he served as former President Barack Obama's vice president and headed the administration's efforts on key issues, like supporting the U.S. economy in the wake of the financial crisis.

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Harold Maass, The Week US

Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.