Vice President Kamala Harris blamed the Trump administration for Joe Biden’s spiraling migrant crisis along the southern border Friday; claiming they “inherited a tough situation” when taking office in January 2021.
“We inherited a tough situation…In five months we’ve made progress,” said Harris from El Paso.
FACT CHECK: In terms of unlawful crossings at the southwest border, this is false.
78,000 were encountered illegally trying to enter the US from Mexico in January when Biden took office.
By March, 173,000.
Highest monthly numbers in 21 years https://t.co/I23ol2MRTx
— Anna Giaritelli (@Anna_Giaritelli) June 25, 2021
“FACT CHECK: In terms of unlawful crossings at the southwest border, this is false. 78,000 were encountered illegally trying to enter the US from Mexico in January when Biden took office. By March, 173,000. April: 178,000. May: 180,000. Highest monthly numbers in 21 years,” posted a reporter with the DC Examiner.
Watch Harris’ comments above.
BIDEN on 2024 Election: ‘I Have No Idea If There Will Be a Republican Party’
President Biden confused millions of Americans Thursday during his first solo press briefing that came more than nine weeks into his term; asking reporters whether there will be a “Republican Party in 2024.”
“You also just made some news saying that you are going to run for re-election,” said one reporter.
“I said that is my expectation. I’m a great respecter of fate. I don’t like to plan three and a half years ahead,” said Biden.
“Do you believe you’ll be running against former President Trump,” she pressed.
“I have no idea! I don’t even know if there will be a Republican Party!” fired-back Biden.
— The Hill (@thehill) March 26, 2021
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.
‘KIDS IN CONTAINERS?’ Press Sec Says Only a ‘Couple of Options’ for Unaccompanied Minors at the Border
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki defended the Biden administration’s decision to re-open facilities for children crossing the US border without their parents Wednesday; saying the policies are vastly different than the Trump administration’s programs.
“You said it’s not ‘Kids in Cages.’ We’ve seen some photos now of containers. Is it ‘Kids in Containers’ instead of ‘Kids in Cages’?” asked reporter Peter Doocy.
“We have a number of unaccompanied children who are coming into the country without their families. What we’re not doing is ripping them from the arms of their parents at the border. We’re not doing that,” said Psaki.
“We can send them back, we can transfer them, or we can put them with families and sponsors without any vetting. We’ve chosen the middle option,” she added.
.@PDoocy: "Is it kids in containers instead of kids in cages?"@PressSec: "What we are not doing, what the last administration did, was separate those kids, rip them from the arms of their parents at the border. We are not doing that." pic.twitter.com/LkJdkRE2xh
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 24, 2021
Watch Psaki’s comments above.