Despite a deluge of illegal migrants crossing America’s southern border, President Joe Biden has long denied that the country is facing a crisis.
It appears that denial has finally come to an end. As the Washington Examiner reported, Biden reversed course over the weekend weekend by admitting the obvious.
That admission came as the president spoke with reporters on Saturday about his plan to increase the number of refugees allowed into the country.
“We’re going to increase the number,” Biden said. “The problem was that the refugee part was working on the crisis that ended up on the border with young people. We couldn’t do two things at once, but now, we are going to increase the number.”
Those words stand in stark contrast to the way members of the Biden administration have consistently avoided using the word “crisis” in their public communications.
As the Examiner noted, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas explicitly denied that any crisis was taking place during a White House press conference on March 1.
Mayorkas instead characterized the situation as “a challenge” that the administration is managing. He went on to blame the difficulties on former President Donald Trump, saying, “It takes time to rebuild the system from scratch.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki has frequently tried to downplay the situation at the border as well, and voiced her objection when Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy asked if the influx of migrants had become “a disaster.”
“I know that we always get into the fun of labels around here, but I would say our focus is on solutions, and this is one of the steps that the president felt would help not become a final solution but help expedite processing, help ensure that people who are coming across the border have access to health and medical care,” she said in March.
However, Psaki was at least willing to concede that “the numbers are enormous,” calling them “a big challenge.”
Republicans haven’t been nearly so shy in their use of language. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (D-CA) declared during a March trip to El Paso, “It’s more than a crisis. This is human heartbreak.”
“It didn’t have to happen,” he added. “This crisis is created by the presidential policies of this new administration.”