Harris on her approach to immigration: 'Most people don't want to leave home'

Vice President Harris in an interview broadcast Sunday discussed her role in charge of the immigration crisis, saying her approach is based on the perspective that “most people don’t want to leave home.”

“I come at this issue from the perspective that most people don't want to leave home,” Harris said on CNN's "State of the Union" when asked how she would define success in her role leading the Biden administration's efforts to stem the growing number of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. 

“They don't want to leave their grandparents; they don't want to leave the place where they grew up; where they, you know, they speak the language or they know the culture. The place where they're from the place that is home,” Harris continued. “Most people don't want to leave home and when they do, it's usually for one of two reasons: they're fleeing some harm or they cannot stay and satisfy the basic necessities of life.”

"I look at the issue of what's going on in the Northern Triangle from that perspective. And then my take on it is that we've got to understanding that. We have to give people some sense of hope that if they stay that help is on the way," Harris added.

Harris also said that she had held a meeting with several members of President BidenJoe BidenObama: Ensuring democracy 'continues to work effectively' keeps me 'up at night' New Jersey landlords prohibited from asking potential tenants about criminal records Overnight Defense: Pentagon pulling some air defense assets from Middle East | Dems introduce resolution apologizing to LGBT community for discrimination | White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine MORE's Cabinet including Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenKim says North Korea needs to be 'prepared' for 'confrontation' with US The Senate just passed the next Apollo program Young Turks founder on Democratic establishment: 'They lie nonstop' MORE, Secretary of Agriculture Tom VilsackTom VilsackUSDA: Farm-to-school programs help schools serve healthier meals OVERNIGHT MONEY: House poised to pass debt-ceiling bill MORE, Secretary of Commerce Gina RaimondoGina RaimondoTime to tackle the pandemic's economic disruptions Chinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report US, EU establish trade and technology council to compete with China MORE and national security adviser Jake SullivanJake SullivanBiden must be firm, but measured, in his message to Putin on cyberattacks NATO members agree to new cyber defense policy NATO tackling climate change for first time MORE in order to focus the administration's efforts on stemming the flow of immigration.

The vice president added that the Commerce Department would be convening a trade mission as part of these efforts and the Department of Agriculture will be focusing resources to help farmers in the Northern Triangle region who have been affected by the drought.

"This is the kind of work that has to happen. The kind of work that has to happen is the diplomatic work that we've been engaged in, including my calls to the president of Mexico, the president of Guatemala," Harris said. She added that she would be meeting with the respective presidents, possibly in person, saying the meetings couldn't happen "soon enough."