The White House said on Monday that Democrat President Joe Biden’s remarks over the weekend calling his border crisis a “crisis” do not reflect the view of the administration.
Biden claimed on Saturday that the refugee cap that his administration had was linked to the “crisis that ended up on the border with young people.”
“We couldn’t do two things at once,” Biden claimed. “And now we are going to increase the number.”
CNN reported that the White House later walked back Biden’s remarks:
The President’s use of the “crisis” label doesn’t represent the administration’s official position, the White House said Monday in regard to a term that top administration officials have refused to say as the numbers of migrants surged.
“No, there is no change in position,” a White House official told CNN, claiming that tens of thousands of children showing up at the U.S. border did not constitute “a crisis.” The official claimed that Biden was “referring to the crisis in Central America,” despite the fact that Biden explicitly used the word “crisis” in reference to “the border.”
Psaki reiterated those remarks during Monday’s White House press conference, claiming that the administration has made “progress” on the situation. Psaki said that Biden “does not feel” that the situation on the border is a “crisis,” despite his remarks over the weekend saying that his administration was “working on the crisis that ended up on the border…”
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The crisis on the southern border, which many blame on the Biden administration, is so staggering that a report from CNN indicated that 2 million migrants were expected to be encountered on the southern border this year. That is more than the population of Alaska, Vermont, and Wyoming combined.
Horrifying photographs have emerged from inside the facilities in which the Biden administration is keeping migrants during the coronavirus pandemic. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) shared a video from inside one of the facilities where he was met by an official who he described as a “senior adviser” in the Biden administration who repeatedly tried to block him from recording what was happening inside the facility.
The Biden administration is also reportedly considering sending cash payments to Central American countries to stop the surge of illegal immigration.
This last week, Republican Governors Greg Abbott (TX) and Doug Ducey (AZ) slammed the Biden administration in an op-ed published in The Washington Post, saying that Biden was the one who “created” the border crisis.
The op-ed begins:
The Biden administration recently made an astonishingly out-of-touch statement: “The border is secure.” The president himself needs to take a trip to our states. Unlike President Biden, we’ve both been to the U.S. border in our respective states, Texas and Arizona, and the situation is much different from what Washington politicians and bureaucrats are telling Americans.
The U.S. Border Patrol is overwhelmed. Local law enforcement and mayors are calling out for help. Citizens in border communities are concerned for their safety. And nonprofits, left to pick up the pieces of a broken federal policy, are strained. In typical Washington fashion, the federal government has thrust this man-made crisis on states. But for the people we represent, this isn’t a political issue — it’s a real-life issue.
What’s happening at the border shouldn’t come as a surprise. The president and Vice President Harris campaigned on a platform of relaxing border security. They supported health care for undocumented, illegal immigrants. Biden’s pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants offered amnesty for those who circumvented the legal process.
They also rushed to repudiate policies of the Trump administration, including repealing the Migrant Protection Protocols — a policy that required asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for their court dates and that we fought to uphold. These actions have led to the unprecedented surge of migrants who are overwhelming the border. …
Border sheriffs have stated that they had the situation under control during the Trump era, while other top former federal law enforcement officials have warned that Biden is providing “extreme incentive” for illegal immigration. Stephen Miller, a former senior White House official, warned that Biden’s immigration agenda would “fundamentally erase the very essence of America’s nationhood.”
Democrat lawmakers have warned that Biden’s agenda will “be catastrophic for [the Democrat Party]” and “for our country.”
Former Acting ICE Director Tom Homan said that the catastrophe on the border did not happen “by accident,” but “by design.”
“This is designed to be this way,” Homan said. “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. This is power over public safety; the quest for power over protecting American citizens.”