Throughout the 2020 campaign, President Joe Biden vowed to reverse Donald Trump’s immigration policies. Now that he has followed through on that promise, there has been a predictable surge of migrants seeking entry along the southern border.
When pressed on the matter in an interview with ABC News, Biden conceded that the surge “could be” a problem — though he dodged responsibility for it — and told migrants, “don’t come” to the border — at least not yet, The Hill reported.
“In the process of getting set up”
ABC host George Stephanopoulos noted that the crisis at the border seemed to be growing more severe, and though Biden initially tried to suggest that there have been similar surges in the past few years, the president admitted that the current crisis “could be” worse than the prior surges.
“The idea that Joe Biden said, ‘Come’ — because I heard the other day that they’re coming because they know I’m a nice guy,” Biden said, to which Stephanopoulos interjected, “They are,” prompting Biden to reply, “Here’s the deal: They’re not.”
Stephanopoulos then asked, “Do you have to say quite clearly, ‘don’t come’?”
The president responded, “Yes, I can say quite clearly, ‘don’t come over.’ We are in the process of getting set up,” and added, “Don’t leave your town or city or community.”
EXCLUSIVE: @GStephanopoulos presses Pres. Biden on the border crisis.
“Do you have to say quite clearly, ‘Don’t come’?
— ABC News (@ABC) March 16, 2021
Worst migrant surge in 20 years
Biden can attempt to downplay the border crisis or shift the blame, but the facts are clear that there is a worsening migrant surge at the southern border that is directly attributable to the unmistakably welcoming message put forward by Biden and his team both before and after he was sworn-in as president.
According to a recent report from CBS News, there are at least 13,000 unaccompanied minor migrants currently being held in custody at detention facilities near the border, with some being held for upwards of 120 hours before being transferred elsewhere or released, well in excess of the 72-hour window permitted by law.
Biden’s own head of Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas admitted in a statement Tuesday that the migrant surge was on pace to be worse than any other within “the last 20 years.”
He also said that while single adults and families were being expelled upon arrival, unaccompanied children were being allowed to enter and be processed.
Biden’s own rhetoric prompted this highly inadvisable wave of migration in the midst of a pandemic. Begging now for migrants not to come — at least not right now — is akin to closing a barn door after the horses are in another county.