President Joe Biden has made good on his campaign pledge to repeal many of his predecessor’s immigration and border policies.
Despite several major executive orders to that end, however, he is apparently not doing enough to satisfy some in his progressive base.
“Unexplained and unjustified”
As one recent example of the backlash against the current administration’s stance, a report issued by the non-profit International Rescue Committee decried Biden’s record regarding refugees.
“Halfway through this fiscal year, just 2,050 refugees have been admitted through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program,” the organization noted.
While part of that timeframe fell within the Trump administration, the total number represents a reduction from the same period under President Donald Trump. As the report explained, Biden “is on track to admit the lowest number of refugees of any president in history.”
In particular, the International Rescue Committee blamed the shortfall on “an unexplained and unjustified eight-week delay in issuing the revised refugee admissions policy” that the current president promised upon taking office.
“If the current pace of admissions continues — and if the Trump administration’s admissions policies remain in place — the Biden administration will admit an estimated 4,510 refugees in [Fiscal Year 2021], less than half of the last year of the Trump administration.”
“Sucking our manpower”
According to the Washington Examiner, White House press secretary Jen Psaki issued a statement explaining that she did not “have an update on the signing of the paperwork” but insisted that Biden remains “committed” to keeping his pledge on the topic.
While the total number of refugees admitted has declined, the United States is facing a sharp uptick in undocumented immigrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. Many conservative critics are placing the blame on Biden’s more relaxed policies.
The president’s moves shortly after his inauguration included halting the construction of the border wall, leaving openings through which migrants have reportedly been able to illegally enter the country.
One anonymous Border Patrol agent called the decision “insane,” insisting that officials should at least “be allowed to tie together the primary fence.”
The agent went on to state that officials are “trying to catch these people in the worst possible place,” adding that the situation is “just sucking our manpower.”