White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki responded to a question about minors being held in migrant detention facilities at a Wednesday press conference.
“First off, has President Biden been briefed yet by his delegation that went to the border over the weekend?” a reporter asked. “And does he now feel the need to go to the border, if he has been briefed by them?”
“Sure,” Psaki responded. “Well, I can confirm for you that the president did receive a briefing earlier today from members of his team that visited the border region this past weekend.”
“I will note he receives regular briefings on immigration, and the economy, on COVID, on a range of issues that the country and the administration is facing,” Psaki continued, defensively. “He heard from the delegation on what they observed during their visit to the border region and the facilities they toured.”
“But they spent the majority of their time discussing what steps can be taken to expedite processes,” she added. “To move more quickly — to move the process more quickly — to meet the administration’s goal of getting these children placed with vetted and confirmed families. Moving them quickly, as related to your question earlier, out of border patrol facilities and into these shelters and ultimately, into these homes.”
There you have it. The Biden administration will accept any and all unaccompanied minors for ‘processing’ to be placed with families in the United States. It is not intending to return children to their countries of origin.
Nor is it working with Mexico and Latin American governments to keep the children from being trafficked into the United States to begin with.
The Washington Examiner’s Tiana Lower highlighted that Biden’s reversal of Trump diplomacy is worsening the child detention crisis.
“Trump’s supporters had hoped that recent surges in border crossings would be stopped with the building of a wall,” Lowe wrote. “In fact, Trump’s more effective tool was diplomacy. By negotiating safe-third-country agreements and getting Mexico to crack down on caravans, Trump reduced the number of border encounters reported by Border Patrol — they plummeted to their lowest point since the beginning of Trump’s presidency in mid-2020. Reported encounters from May 2019 to April of the following year fell by 88%.”
“So, amid a global pandemic, Immigration and Customs Enforcement says that we’re set to see a deluge of migrants the size of which we haven’t experienced in ‘over 20 years.” Lowe continued, citing Dana Loesch elsewhere. “And, whereas a negative COVID-19 test is required for entry to the U.S. via air travel, Border Patrol has been releasing migrants into the country without any tests at all.”
On Friday, Tucson.com reported that “busloads” of asylum seekers had begun arriving in Arizona and shelters were on the verge of being overwhelmed.
“Shelters in Tucson are starting to receive busloads of asylum seekers for the first time since President Biden began reversing Trump administration border policies,”the outlet reported.
“Since Saturday, four busloads arrived at the main shelter in Tucson after the asylum seekers were released by the Border Patrol in Yuma,” the report continued.
The Department of Homeland Security issued an urgent request for volunteers within the agency to aid in handling a developing emergency on the U.S.’ southern border.
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas “begged” for volunteers to help address the crisis due to an “overwhelming” surge of illegal immigrants. Thus, the DHS Secretary was emulating a policy implemented under the Trump administration.
The Biden presidency would be wise to further imitate Trump’s border policies. If the goal was to solve the problem, rather than exacerbate the crisis, the Biden administration actually would.