‘It’s not our program’: Psaki declines to confirm figures related to growing border crisis

Although President Joe Biden entered office with a promise of “transparency,” his administration appears to be doing everything possible to downplay the emerging immigration crisis along the nation’s southern border.

During a recent news conference, White House press secretary Jen Psaki refused to confirm data regarding a reported spike in arrivals by unaccompanied children threatening to overwhelm the system.

“A top priority for the president”

Reporters repeatedly brought up border-related issues during Tuesday’s briefing, but Psaki was in no mood to offer a direct response.

“I don’t think we need to sit here and put new labels on what we have already conveyed is challenging, what we have conveyed is a top priority for the president, what our policy teams are working on every single day,” she said in response to a question regarding whether the situation has become a “crisis” yet.

CBS News reporter Nancy Cordes wondered if reports of 3,200 migrant children in custody is an accurate estimate, though Psaki declined anything more specific than her confirmation that there had been an “increase” in such arrivals.

She went on to instruct reporters to contact the Department of Homeland Security, though Cordes noted that she had already attempted to get a straight answer out of that agency to no avail.

In an apparent attempt to deflect, Psaki chimed in with rhetoric about the “root causes” of increased migration from Central America.

“Go back to them and ask them again”

“I would encourage you to go back to them and ask them again,” she added. “We’re not going to confirm them from the White House. It’s not our program. We certainly encourage transparency, but what I also think is important is to talk about the root causes here.”

In the wake of reports showing that thousands of children are in Customs and Border Protection custody in facilities meant for adults, with roughly half being kept beyond the 72-hour legal limit, it is not hard to see why the Biden team might want to remain equivocal on the subject.

The president has thus far refused to publicly acknowledge a border crisis, though his administration’s actions tell a different story.

As Psaki acknowledged, the White House is pleading with migrants to remain in their homelands.

“Now, the circumstances in a lot of these countries is such that the parents feel taking that risk is better than the circumstances they’re living through,” she said. “But we are very clear about this message in the region, that this is not the time to come, that this is a dangerous journey.”

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  1. That dingbat press secretary Biden has is just spirting bull talk from a two eyed polecat every time she opens her mouth. Enough said .

      1. We can send them on buses to Joe and Kamala, they have so much room, help them get jobs. I really feel for these people, they are here blind. They don’t care about them, don’t see them trying to figure ways to help. They just wanted to go against Trump, they don’t care about the people at all.

    1. Is it not Psaki’s job to keep the Press informed of what the Joebama Admin is doing?? Other then that is no other purpose for her.

    2. wow! the press accepts this kind of Bull schiff out of the democrats. Can you imagine the amount of schiff the would be thrown if the trump administration had said that!

      Biden changed the rules for the border patrol. He signaled to the central and south Americans to come. Then he claims it is not his program!!

      Remember Covid? Trump had nothing to do with it’s existence but every media group proudly blamed him anyway.

      This is biden border crisis.

      In four months is will be biden’s economic meltdown.

      The crisis of crime in american is biden and the democrats fault.

      you liberals / democrats committed voter fraud to get this garbage to happen. Good job you racist bigoted liberals.

      1. If it’s not his program, then the Border Patrol and law enforcement officials are “free” to stop, arrest and deport the “beaners” trying to get into our country!!!!!!

  2. Destroyed country – Destroyed borders – Destroyed jobs – Destroyed safety – Destroyed Election – Destroyed Voices Destroyed Confidence- Stolen Votes – Rigged Election = INCOMPETENT CLUELESS ILLEGITIMATE LYIN BIDEN POTUS

    1. JUST WHAT BIDEN AND DEMOCRATS HAVE DONE DESTROYED OUR ECONOMY TRING TO FIX VOTING FOR GOOD AND BRINGING IN MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL TO STEAL JOBS FROM AMERICANS

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  4. They are SO stupid all they had to do was “nothing” just spin it a little, and claim it was their idea. Trump had it working fine. If it ain’t busted, don’t fix it.

  5. They used to bad mouth President Trumps press secretary, but let me tell you, wherever Biden found this frigging moron he must have scraped the bottom of the sewer to find her. Talk about one dumb bxxxh, she takes the cake.

  6. Smart administration would have put the fix in place before removing the policy that they felt was incorrect. Now they have a complete disaster, by telling them not to come but if you get here we will give you 1400 dollars. There is a estimated 27 million illegals in America as reported by DHS, Yale, and MIT. So what is 27 million times 1400 dollars? A complete disaster!

    1. Remember stupid bill barr saying he didn’t think there needed to be more special prosecutors.

      just how stupid was that statement now. he should have had special prosecutors all over the place.

  7. This is what happens when you steal an election I’m approving president who was a winner they’re just so jealous they had to take all the good things President Trump put in and take them away from our wonderful country destroy destroy destroy that’s all they do

  8. I wonder if the Joe Biden speech tonight will have been pre-recorded but leading us to believe it is “live”?

  9. She is so full of BS and doesn’t know it. Homeland security is not changing all the past policies it is her dingbat boss therefore it is his problem and she better get her facts right.

  10. Agree with all posts! Dingbat Psaki is dumber than a bag of hammers! But—— she is good at deflecting any questions. Or giving non answers. Just what joebama needs.

  11. 11,300 foreign national minors (children)in Custody of the US Government right now Jen Psaki. Stunning! The Drug Cartels are in charge and smuggling them in, to arrange for all their families to Come Soon.
    100’s 0f 1000’s will stream into this Country before June 2021.
    Who does this help, why the Drug Cartels of course. They are making millions. I do not believe Joe has a Clue, Jen doesn’t.

  12. Where is the main line media? If this were happening under Trump, their would be 24/7 hate coverage by the news. Yet, they remains as silent as lambs before the slaughter. Maybe they are working for the cartels. The long awaited speech this evening was nothing to get excited about. It was dark, and repetitive. All his COVID promises are meaningless without all the ground work done by the Trump Administration. Biden cannot take credit for anything.

  13. They never answer anything, only blame whatever it is on someone else, usually Trump. Had Biden or Clinton been in the last 4 years, there would be no vaccine, actually there would have been no Wuhan. Chinese wouldn’t have needed to do it, they would already be in control like they are now. Time for the few Brave Republicans to start addressing no normal interaction with the public or press & no discussion & reasoning behind the things Biden is signing. Who wrote them & why can’t Biden take any questions from anybody? He cannot interact in a normal way. This isn’t hideout time during the election anymore. Call him out, Dems won’t go with it but it’ll be in the open & in the Press. Hard to deny that he ain’t really there. Who wrote that stuff? Obama of course but call ’em out.

  14. HOW MUCH LONGER DO WE HAVE TO STAND BY AND WATCH BIDEN DESTROY THIS COUNTRY.????
    HIS SPEECH WAS WRITTEN BY SOMEONE WITHOUT ANY IMAGINATION. HE JUST STOOD THERE READING IT OFF FROM THE TELEPROMPTER. STEALING FROM TRUMP ABOUT THE VACCINE..
    THIS GUY HAS NO FIRE AT AL JUST LIES AND MORE LIES
    NEVER WILL WE LISTEN TO ANOTHER SPEECH FROM THIS FOOL.every american should finally realize that he is just a empty vessel.

  15. What’s the use of posting comments when they’re not looked at by responsible people in the administration ??? Liberals are taking over this country and the true American citizen has to listen to their excuses for not doing their job !!! What’s it going to take to get this country back to a norm ???

  16. I can’t believe there is not more out rage over this, when is America going to say enough Democrats pack your bags & get the HELL out!! They are ruining our country more & more everyday!!!

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