Joe Biden’s lips say “don’t come here.” The Biden administration’s policies, however, say it’s “open borders time.”
ABC’s Martha Raddatz interviewed illegal immigrants crossing the border to America. Their unfiltered answers are unsurprising, but they conflict with the media narrative that illegal aliens aren’t causing a new border crisis because of Biden.
“Would you have tried to do this when Donald Trump was president?” Raddatz asked.
“Definitely not,” the illegal alien replied.
“Did you come here because Joe Biden was elected president?” Raddatz continued.
“Basically,” he said.
Julio Rosas, who has also visited the border to interview illegal immigrants, backed up the ABC video interview.
I've been told the same thing multiple times by the illegal immigrants I've interviewed. https://t.co/pXVVOCkuFc
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) March 21, 2021
“I’ve been told the same thing multiple times by the illegal immigrants I’ve interviewed,” Rosas said.
While the interviews back up other reports that illegal aliens are coming to America because of Biden’s policies, the president is giving mixed messages to prospective migrants, telling them not “don’t come.”
EXCLUSIVE: @GStephanopoulos presses Pres. Biden on the border crisis.
"Do you have to say quite clearly, 'Don't come'?
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) March 16, 2021
Biden was called out by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday for sending mixed messages to prospective illegal immigrants. He argued that a “security” and “health crisis” was brewing on the southern border because of Biden policies.
“Democrats claim this overall influx is not because of their new administration,” the minority leader said. “Well, that would be news to the migrants themselves. Some of these people have told reporters it was the Democrats’ rhetoric that led them to come.”
“Some have shown up wearing T-shirts with the Biden campaign’s logo on them,” he added.
“The number of migrant family members caught crossing the southwest border more than doubled between January and February — rising from 7,000 to nearly 19,000, according to the most recently released agency data,” Axios reported.
In addition, there has been a surge of unaccompanied minors being detained by ICE, a practice that was derided under the Trump administration as putting “kids in cages.” The number of migrant children in U.S. custody has passed 15,000, CBS News reported on Saturday.
“Records reviewed by the network showed that the government has about 15,500 unaccompanied migrant minors in U.S. custod,” the Hill reported. “Over 5,000 unaccompanied minors are currently held in a tent holding facility run by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other stations along the U.S.-Mexico Border as of Saturday morning.”
While Biden’s White House has taken some heat from unlikely sources, such as CNN, over the practice of holding thousands of unaccompanied minors, the administration differs from the Trump administration in a significant regard. It is seeking to bring the unaccompanied minors into the United States instead of sending them back to Mexico or in their countries of origin.
The news comes as the Biden administration is making arrangements to shelter illegal immigrants at hotels. The cost to taxpayers for the hotel stays is estimated to be $86 million.
As Axios reported on Saturday, the six-month contract is awarded to Endeavors, a Texas-based nonprofit organization. The contract to hold up to 1,200 migrant family members could be expanded and extended.
ICE is “already transforming its family detention facilities into rapid-processing centers with the goal of releasing families within 72 hours,” the reported added. Nonetheless, the hotels are acting as overflow facilities as the border continues to be overwhelmed by illegal immigrants seeking to come to the United States.
The hotels will reportedly be as close to the border as feasible to facilitate immigration processing, such as in Texas and Arizona. However, the Biden administration has recently weighed flying some illegal migrants to the Canadian border.
According to Axios, less than half of the migrant families are being deported a figure that is, down 91% in October. A public health order issued by the Trump administration facilitated deportation for migrants whose COVID status was uncertain.
The choice of hotels to foster migrant families streaming across the border has been a controversial one in the past, although there are a few significant differences between the Biden and Trump administration policies.
Biden has reversed Trump’s order to halt Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and House Democrats recently passed legislation for “Dreamers” to obtain a pathway to citizenship.
Biden is telling immigrants “don’t come here,” but it looks like the president’s words are being lost in translation.
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