President Joe Biden’s immigration agenda since entering office has been denounced by critics far and wide as the latest step toward an open borders agenda.
Even former President Barack Obama has acknowledged that such a strategy is “unsustainable,” though that remark was apparently cut out of the ABC News interview that was ultimately aired, as Fox News reported.
A write-up of Tuesday’s Good Morning America interview, however, did include the comment.
“Immigration is tough”
ABC’s Robin Roberts covered a variety of topics, including the recent encampment of thousands of Haitian migrants underneath the Del Rio International Bridge in Texas.
“Immigration is tough,” the ex-president conceded, according to Fox. “It always has been because, on the one hand, I think we are naturally a people that wants to help others. And we see tragedy and hardship and families that are desperately trying to get here so that their kids are safe, and they’re in some cases fleeing violence or catastrophe.”
Meanwhile, Obama acknowledged that “we’re a nation-state” with clear borders, adding: “The idea that we can just have open borders is something that…as a practical matter, is unsustainable.”
While many on the right might agree with his latter stance, ABC apparently found it unnecessary to share with its viewers.
“So, yes, he agrees”
As Fox noted, ABC instead aired a portion in which Obama expressed criticism of Republicans who oppose “comprehensive immigration reform” measures.
To some viewers and media figures, the omission was a clear sign of the network’s progressive — or anti-GOP — bias. As for why editing the comments out of the broadcast might have been an important move, one 2018 Pew Research Center poll found that a plurality of Americans far preferred to watch the news rather than listen or read it.
Fox News reporter Jacqui Heinrich asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday about the apparent discrepancy between Biden’s border agenda and Obama’s assessment.
“We don’t have open borders,” Psaki shot back. “So, yes, he agrees.”
Of course, plenty of Biden’s GOP opponents might disagree. A growing number of Republican lawmakers are now calling for the president to resign or face impeachment over his response to a variety of pressing issues, including the border crisis.