Even as the White House promises to tackle the “root causes” of an ongoing crisis at the U.S.–Mexico border, migrants are continuing to pour into the country at record rates — and Fox News host Sean Hannity charged Wednesday that President Joe Biden is guilty of causing the influx.
Speaking on his self-titled Fox program, Hannity excoriated Biden over his “catastrophic” border policies that the Fox anchor says send a clear message to would-be migrants: “Surge the border.”
The stats tell the story
Hannity contrasted Biden’s policies with that of his predecessor, who was known for his tough border security policies and strict stance against illegal immigration. “Sadly, just after Joe Biden was sworn in, he reversed almost all of President [Donald] Trump’s border policies,” the host lamented Wednesday, according to Fox.
“You might remember this,” Hannity said. “It was after Biden and [Vice President Kamala] Harris, they told migrants, oh, come to America, come seek asylum in America on the campaign trail. Biden literally telling migrants to surge the border.”
Hannity then crunched some numbers to back up his claims, telling viewers Wednesday:
In February, illegal immigration more than tripled. 100,000 illegal immigrants apprehended in February, 170,000 in March, 178,000 in April, and a whopping 180,000 in May. And by the way, that’s only the number of people we caught.
“There are record-setting numbers, a 30-year high for illegal immigration,” the Fox host added. “And get this, more unaccompanied minors are now crossing our southern border than ever before. It is a crisis of a monumental scale.”
In sum, Hannity said, “the results of Biden’s border surge have been catastrophic.” And he’s not the only one who feels that way.
It’s “never been this way”
Speaking in Texas Wednesday while appearing alongside the state’s Republican governor, Greg Abbott, former President Trump similarly slammed his successor’s border policies, according to Bloomberg, telling an audience of law enforcement officials, “The border has never been this way.”
“It went from the best border we’ve ever had in the history of our country,” Trump said, according to a transcript from Rev.
Trump’s trip to the border came just days after Harris made the trek to El Paso. But though the visit by the vice president was long anticipated by supporters and critics alike, it garnered Harris heavy criticism, as many said she deliberately avoided the areas of the border where the migration crisis is most prevalent.
“Harris didn’t even [go] to the actual border,” Texas Sen. John Cornyn (R) complained in one tweet, according to local NBC affiliate KTSM. “She visited a Border station about nine miles from the Rio Grande, talked to some immigration activists and legal service providers, posed for press photos back at the airport, and departed for Los Angeles before 1 p.m.”
President Biden, for his part, has yet to visit the border to see the crisis that, in the eyes of many, he’s responsible for creating.