Vice President Kamala Harris continued to dodge questions surrounding the Biden administration’s botched policy along the southern border; telling reporters the situation is “not going to be solved overnight.”
“It’s chaotic. Some are calling it a crisis. Both Republicans and Democrats say you need to have a game plan. There doesn’t appear to be a game plan,” asked one reporter from CBS News.
“It’s a huge problem. I’m not going to pretend it’s not… Should these kids be in custody of HHS instead of border patrol? Yes. Should we be processing things faster? Yes,” said Harris. “This is not going to be solved overnight.”
“It’s not going to happen overnight, but we have senior officials in Mexico and Guatemala right now,” she added.
Vice President @KamalaHarris called the situation at the southern border "a huge problem" that is "not going to be solved overnight."
She said she would visit the border.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) 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.
“Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Tuesday released photos of crowded facilities, including children sleeping shoulder-to-shoulder on mats on the floor with aluminum blankets and on benches,” adds Fox.
President Biden urged migrants from Central America and Mexico not to travel to the United States this week; shifting tones from his 2019 campaign when urged them to “come” to the country if they’re being “oppressed.”
“They deserve to be heard. That’s who we are,” Biden said at the time. “We’re a nation that says, ‘You want to flee, and you’re fleeing oppression, you should come.'”
— Sally Tomato (@MrSallyTomato) March 17, 2021
Apparently, the President has changed his views.
— The Hill (@thehill) March 16, 2021
“I can say quite clearly don’t come over,” Biden told ABC’s George Stephanopolous in an interview last week. “So don’t leave your town or city or community. We’re gonna make sure we have facilities in those cities and towns run by department of — by DHS and also access with HHS, the Health and Human Services, to say you can apply for asylum from where you are right now.”
Read the full report at the New York Post.
BUSTED! Heritage Foundation Fact-Check’s Biden Administration’s Bogus Claims About the Border
The Heritage Organization released a scathing report Wednesday highlighting DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas misleading and flat-out false assertions about the spiraling crisis sweeping the US-Mexico border.
From the Heritage Foundation:
Claim #1: “The expulsion of single adults does not pose an operational challenge for the Border Patrol…”
“One wonders if Mayorkas ran this line by the men and women of the Border Patrol before saying it publicly, because if he had, he would’ve been embarrassed to make such a claim. Our Border Patrol agents are apprehending 4,500-6,000 illegal aliens per day. Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said in 2019 that under the Obama administration, 1,000 apprehensions was a crisis. We are at six times this volume today, and to suggest that dealing with this massive increase is not an operational challenge for the Border Patrol is to deny not just reality, but basic math.” – Former Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan
Claim #2: “We are expelling most…families.”
“The administration is not utilizing all of its authorities with regards to the surge of family units. The facts tell us that the administration is not expelling ‘most’ families under Title 42 as they claim. According to DHS data, the administration expelled only 41% of family units in February, down from 76% in December under the Trump administration. Washington Post reporter Nick Miroff pointed out this fact just this week. This is important, as the smugglers and cartels will capitalize on this fact and continue to push family units across the border, knowing that a majority will remain.” – Former Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf
Claim #3a: “We are not expelling unaccompanied children.”
“The administration is expelling UACs who are from Mexico every day. They have made a policy decision not to expel UACs from the Northern Triangle and the cartels and smugglers know this. The administration wants to have its cake and eat it, too, in wanting credit for supposedly treating unaccompanied minors more ‘humanely’ without any criticism for detention of increasing numbers of these minors.” – Former Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan
Claim #3b: “We are encountering six- and seven-year-old children, for example, arriving at our border without an adult.”
“The Biden administration would have the American people believe most of the unaccompanied minors coming across the border are young children. This is false. The vast majority of UACs are between the ages of 15-17, with 75% over the age of 14. Many of these young people are coming to the border hoping to gain illegal entry into the U.S. for economic reasons. Minors should be treated humanely regardless of their age, but the administration’s reliance on trying to pull the heart-strings of Americans is just more evidence they are interested in manipulation, not facts.
“Mayorkas’ later accusation that the Trump administration put more children at risk for trafficking is mind-blowing, as the Biden administration’s undoing of Trump-era immigration policies has unleashed a historic flood of unaccompanied minors to the border, many of whom we know were trafficked or smuggled there. The Biden administration has empowered the cartels and human traffickers after President Trump severely cut their profit margins.” – Former Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan
Claim #4: “Mexico does not have the capacity to receive families.”
“There are numerous misleading components to this answer. First, the surge in family units is a direct result of the Biden administration’s push for amnesty and undoing of effective Trump-era immigration policies. Mexico had been able to handle the return of family units under the Trump administration’s Remain in Mexico policy. Second, Mexico is not the only country that can receive these illegal aliens, as they can be deported back to their country of origin. Third, the answer for Mexico is to help them build capacity – which both the State Department and other NGOs can help enable. The answer is not release illegal aliens and let them into the U.S., knowing that 90% will not qualify for asylum.” – Former Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf
Claim #5: Reasons for the border crisis.
“DHS blames the Biden border crisis on violence in Northern Triangle countries, hurricanes, and the pandemic. To be clear, conditions are not so dramatically different in the Northern Triangle from years past to explain this historic surge. Not once is responsibility taken for disastrous messaging and the removal of effective immigration policies without a clear plan in place. This is absurd. Monthly apprehensions nearly doubled between summer of 2020 and February 2021, because the Biden campaign and then the Biden administration was sending a clear signal to the world – if you arrive soon, you will receive amnesty.” –Former Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf
Claim #6: “The prior administration completely dismantled the asylum system.”
“Mayorkas’ claims are simply false. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services hired approximately 500 additional asylum officers to advance the Trump administration’s priority of reducing the asylum backlog. The administration also shifted resources to prioritize the asylum backlog and those seeking protection at our own border. The Trump administration inherited a back-logged asylum system, and wisely chose to focus on reducing this backlog throughout his term. More individuals were granted asylum by DHS and DOJ during the four years of the Trump administration than under the last four years of the Obama administration. Total asylum grants in 2019 alone – 46,508 – were the highest annual total since at least 1990.” – Lora Ries, senior research fellow for homeland security & former acting DHS deputy chief of staff
Claim #7: “The previous administration cut foreign aid funding to the Northern Triangle.”
“Under the Trump administration, we demanded results before handing over millions of dollars in foreign assistance funding. As a result, we signed over a dozen border security agreements and saw unprecedented cooperation and results from the Northern Triangle countries. These agreements helped slow the flow of illegal migrants through Central America, especially massive caravans, to our southern border. The administration also made millions in funding available to these governments.” – Former Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf
Claim #8: “There was no appropriate planning for the pandemic at all.”
“This statement is a slap in the face to the men and women at DHS, who worked tirelessly to put plans in place to deal with the challenge of a pandemic on top of keeping our immigration system running. We implemented extensive plans – to include vaccine distribution to frontline officers when the vaccine would be made available – to ensure our frontline workers would be protected. We worked with other federal agencies to ensure Title 42 would be available to our immigration enforcement officials. We knew that putting illegal aliens in crowded Border Patrol facilities during COVID was not the answer. Unfortunately, the Biden administration believes it is.
“We provided the transition team with extensive briefings on the border and the tools we had in place to address illegal crossings. We warned them about the consequences of removing these policies. They heard it directly from CBP law enforcement officers. They heard that USBP stations did not have capacity, and they heard HHS did not have capacity. They knew it all and still rushed to dismantle the system for political reasons.” – Former Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf
C’MON MAN! Press Sec Says Biden Allowed to Violate His Own Mask Mandate to ‘Celebrate a Historic Day!’
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki deflected criticism of Joe Biden for refusing to wear a face mask on federal property Wednesday; saying he was simply “celebrating a historic day” when violating his own mask mandate.
“Why weren’t President Biden and members of the Biden family masked on federal lands last night, if he signed an Executive Order that mandates masks on federal lands at all times?” asked one reporter.
“He was celebrating an historic day in our country!” said Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
“Was that a good example for people watching?” fired-back the journalist.
“I think the power of his example is signing 25 Executive Orders!” said Psaki.
Watch the revealing exchange above.