On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki opened her press briefing with a vitriolic attack on the Trump administration, blaming them for the crisis at the Southern border of the United States. She claimed the Trump administration’s “destructive and chaotic policies” were responsible for the “influx of migrants at the border” and that the influx began under the Trump administration and was “exacerbated” by them.
Psaki began by stating, “I wanted to provide a brief update on the situation on our Southern border; after four years of an immigration system rooted in destructive and chaotic policies, President Biden is taking the challenge head-on and is building a fair, orderly and humane immigration system. That’s our objective.”
She immediately shifted blame for the crisis onto the Trump administration, snapping, “After coming into office, our administration immediately jumped into action to address the influx of migrants at the border, something that began during and was exacerbated by the Trump administration. And we wanted to provide a couple of pieces of data you may have seen, but they’ve come out since the last time we had a briefing in here.”
“At the end of March, there were more than 5,000 children in Customs and Border Protection patrol stations,” she claimed. “Today, that number is approximately 600. The amount of time children spend in CBP facilities is down by 75%, from 131 hours at the end of March to under 30 hours now. And just yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it will begin the process of reuniting a number of families who were separated by the policies of the previous administration.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki began today's briefing with a whopper of lie in which she blamed the surge of illegal immigrants after President Biden took office on….Donald Trump. pic.twitter.com/9z4Ur894AQ
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) May 4, 2021
In contrast to Psaki’s bald-faced attempt to shift blame for the border crisis to the Trump administration, The Daily Wire’s Chrissy Clark, who recently visited the Southern border, wrote:
In March, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered more than 172,000 migrants attempting to come into the United States, which is the largest increase in illegal crossings in two decades. Border Patrol agents we spoke with at length told The Daily Wire that the surge in migration began on January 20 — the day President Joe Biden was inaugurated.
People on the ground at the border confirmed to The Daily Wire that hundreds of migrants are being stuffed into holding facilities meant for only a few dozen people. A massive tent city in Donna, Texas, houses thousands upon thousands of migrants. The facility is booming with activity and plans are in the works to expand the tent city even more.
In March, as reports surfaced that the number of unaccompanied children being held in detention facilities was over 300% higher than previously known, CBS News host Norah O’Donnell said Biden’s border crisis was “growing larger and more dire by the day,” adding, “Tonight, we have got the stunning new numbers. Sources tell CBS News more than 13,000 migrant children who entered the country without their parents are now in U.S. custody. The government says even more adults are being turned back every day.”
As The Daily Wire noted, in late March, Fox News reported that the Biden administration was permitting illegal border crossers to be released without scheduling a court date:
Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) have begun to process and release illegal border crossers who claim asylum without issuing a Notice to Appear (NTA) – allowing them to depart custody without scheduling a court date for a hearing. The unprecedented move places the responsibility of seeking an asylum hearing on the migrants through Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or legal assistance.
Former Acting ICE Director Tom Homan said in February that the Biden administration “designed” the border crisis. “They’re bringing millions of people into this country who will now be counted on the census because Joe Biden overturned that, which leads to seats in the House [and] Electoral College in elections,” Homan said. “This is power over public safety, the quest for power over protecting American citizens.”