Since President Joe Biden took office on Jan. 20, America has seen a veritable surge of migrants flood its southern border, including thousands of unaccompanied minors.
In the eyes of Republicans, the situation amounts to an all-out crisis brought on by Biden’s lax immigration policies. But despite all the evidence to the contrary, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) just pinned the blame for the situation at the U.S.–Mexico border on former President Donald Trump.
“A broken system”
Speaking with ABC News host George Stephanopoulos on Sunday’s broadcast of This Week, Pelosi characterized the recent surge of migrants, especially children, as “a humanitarian challenge to all of us.”
“What the administration has inherited is a broken system at the border, and they are working to correct that in the children’s interest,” the speaker insisted, according to The Daily Wire.
According to the long-serving San Francisco congresswoman, Biden is attempting to pursue “a transition from what was wrong before to what is right.”
“There are many reasons that go into this, but the fact is, we have to deal with it at the border,” she explained, citing “climate change” as a potential cause of the crisis.
“Four years of dismantling”
Of course, Pelosi isn’t alone in attributing the problem to former President Trump, as The Daily Wire notes. Democratic Rep. Veronica Escobar (TX) has made similar assertions in recent days.
“This is not something that happened as a result of Joe Biden becoming president,” Escobar told CNN over the weekend, according to The Daily Wire.
“We saw the increases dating back almost a year, and this was during the Trump administration,” she added. “What we are seeing today is the consequence of four years of dismantling every system in place to address this with humanity and compassion.”
“The policy failed”
But as the Daily Wire pointed out, some 30,000 unaccompanied minors entered the United States in February 2021 — more than we saw in the entirety of 2020. And the influx only began after Biden began rolling back his predecessor’s policies, including a Trump-era rule requiring asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico while their claims are processed, as Fox News reported.
And that was just the beginning.
“This is something that President Biden created, and he can fix this today by reversing the order,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) said last week following a visit to the border with other GOP lawmakers, according to Fox. “He’s got to recognize the policy failed.”