Over the weekend, President Biden called the situation at the border a “crisis” for the first time ever.
He made the remarks after playing golf as he defended his walkback on refugees.
“We will increase the amount [of refugees]., he said to reporters. “The issue was that the refugee part was dealing with the border crisis with minors. We could not do two things at the same time. But now we will increase the number.”
Until President Biden’s statement, his administration has refused to label the flood of migrants a “crisis,” instead calling it a “challenge” and blaming it on Trump’s dismantling of asylum pathways.
One example, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said last month that his people “are working seven days a week to guarantee we do not have a border crisis – that we deal with the challenge, as acutely as the challenge is.”
However, there have been a record amount of unaccompanied children flooding through the southern border, with nearly 1,000 migrants flooding into the country unseen every day.
This admission of the border crisis might mean that VP Kamal Harris, who has been leader of the border agenda, could finally go to investigate the situation or at least have her first conference on the topic.
Biden was criticized by other Democrats when he enacted an emergency determination to keep the number of refugees limited at 15,000, the same level that President Trump used, while altering the regional allocation of the people being brought in.
The president said previously he would increase the limit to 125,000 for Fiscal Year 2022 which begins in October, and that he would work with Democrats to make a “down payment” on that amount.
Just hours after many Democrats reacted angrily to his presidential determination, President Biden changed course, saying “confusion” among the press was to blame and promising to boost the number of refugees by next month.
Author: Steven Sinclaire