A staggering number of migrants breached the US-Mexico border last month; raising new questions over the Biden administration’s ability to enforce law enforcement in states like Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico.
“More than 171,000 migrants were taken into custody at the border in March, according to reports citing preliminary data from Customs and Border Protection. In February, CBP encountered just over 100,000 migrants at the United States-Mexico border, 9,457 of whom were unaccompanied minors, according to the agency. In March, 18,800 unaccompanied minors were taken in, the Washington Post reported, which obtained preliminary CBP data,” reports the Washington Examiner.
“Among migrants who came across the border as part of a family unit in February, there were 19,246 encounters, an increase from 7,294 in January. In March, 53,000 were reportedly encountered by CBP,” adds the website.
More than 171,000 migrants were taken into custody at the border in March.
There were more border crossings in March than in any other month for the past 15 years
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 2, 2021
Vice President Kamala Harris was appointed by Joe Biden to oversee the administration’s handling of the border crisis more than nine days ago but has so-far failed to deliver any major address on the issue.
“Her assigned efforts on immigration, which includes overseeing diplomatic efforts with Northern Triangle countries, fit into a broader trend of the administration delegating substantial foreign policy responsibilities to her. For example, she has held calls with major world leaders like Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu,” reports Fox News.
“Since the beginning of the administration and a week after Biden’s announcement, Harris has fielded questions from the media but has yet to hold a formal press conference. Meanwhile, the border crisis captivated the nation’s attention and raised a series of concerns about national security and the stability of the U.S. immigration system as a whole,” adds Fox.
“So this new surge we’re dealing with now started with the last administration, but it’s our responsibility to deal with it humanely and to – and to stop what’s happening,” Biden said last Wednesday.
“And so, this increase has been consequential, but the vice president has agreed – among the multiple other things that I have her leading – and I appreciate it – agreed to lead our diplomatic effort and work with those nations to accept re- – the returnees, and enhance migration enforcement at their borders – at their borders.”
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BIDEN on ???: ‘This Makes Jim Crow Look Like Jim Eagle!’
President Biden held his first solo press briefing from the White House Thursday after 64 days in office; answering questions pertaining to immigration, the Coronavirus pandemic, and working with Republicans.
“This makes Jim Crow look like Jim Eagle! I mean this is gigantic!
Watch Biden’s comments above.
President Biden is poised to deliver his first solo press conference with members of the media today shortly after 1PM; ending a nine-week blackout that defies nearly a century of White House tradition.
“During past administrations, it took former President Trump 28 days to hold a press conference, only 21 days for former President Obama, and 34 days for former President George W. Bush,” reports Fox News.
The briefing comes just hours after Biden appointed his Vice President -Kamala Harris- to lead the administration’s response to the spiraling crisis surrounding the US-Mexico border.
“President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he has appointed Vice President Kamala Harris to lead efforts on stemming migration across the U.S.-Mexico border as the administration faces growing political pressure to address a surge in undocumented migrant children unaccompanied by parents,” reports NBC News.
BREAKING: President Biden says he has appointed VP Harris to lead efforts on stemming migration across the US-Mexico border; Harris will focus on coordination with Mexico and the Northern Triangle, Biden says. https://t.co/k5X9SuG7fg
— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 24, 2021
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador blamed US President Joe Biden for the massive influx of migrants from Central America moving across the United States’ southern border Wednesday; saying he signaled they would be “treated better” than the Trump administration.
“Expectations were created that with the government of President Biden there would be a better treatment of migrants. And this has caused Central American migrants, and also from our country, wanting to cross the border thinking that it is easier to do so,” Obrador told reporters.
“People don’t go to the United States for fun, they go out of necessity,” he added.
“They see [Biden] as the migrant president, and so many feel they’re going to reach the United States,” said the Mexican President. “We need to work together to regulate the flow, because this business can’t be tackled from one day to the next.”
— New York Post (@nypost) March 24, 2021
Furious Republican lawmakers sent a scathing letter to the Department of Homeland Security this week after the agency reportedly released illegal migrants into the United States without court dates.
“Despite your repeated claims that ‘the border is secure,’ these reports raise serious questions about DHS’ commitment to faithfully enforcing the law,” said the statement signed by 14 legislators.
“Multiple Border Patrol agents confirmed the new process to Fox News, revealing that they have been directed to use prosecutorial discretion to forgo the hours-long process of paperwork required to issue an NTA amid the surge of migrants at the border,” reports Fox News.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
BIDEN on ???: President Says Migrants Aren’t ‘Coming Because I’m a Nice Guy’
President Biden spoke with ABC News this week on a series of issues including the massive influx of migrants arriving at the US-Mexico border; saying undocumented workers aren’t showing up “because I’m a nice guy!”
“The idea that Joe Biden said come — I heard the other day that they’re coming because, you know, I’m a nice guy,” said Biden.
“They’re saying this!” fired-back George Stephanopoulos.
“Yeah, well here’s the deal, they’re not!” fired-back the President.
Biden: “Yeah, well here’s the deal, they’re not.”pic.twitter.com/762AJcEI6c
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 17, 2021
Watch the President’s comments above.