A massive wave of undocumented immigrants has arrived at the nation’s southern border in the weeks since President Joe Biden’s inauguration, with the number of unaccompanied minors at the beginning of this month nearly seven times higher than it was just two months earlier.
While Democrats have attempted to ignore the issue or even blame the situation on former President Donald Trump, Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) told the party’s leaders to take a look in the mirror. He made the proclamation during an appearance on Fox News Channel’s America Reports on Monday.
“Look at the human toll”
“It’s shocking the Biden administration won’t acknowledge there is a crisis that [the president] created,” Scott said.
The Florida Republican added that the spike in immigration “wasn’t happening before the election and it’s happening now,” insisting that it “is crazy” for the White House to shutter facilities operated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“Open the borders, close the schools, it makes zero sense to the American public,” Scott continued. “I hope the president starts focusing on immigration and starts listening to what’s going on at the border.”
The senator went on to blame the Biden administration for exacerbating the situation, particularly with regard to the spike in arrivals by unaccompanied minors.
“It’s all a result of President Biden saying, ‘Come on down and come across our border,'” he said. “Look at the human toll. It’s not good for anyone in the entire country. think of our border communities. They’ve been overrun by illegal immigrants.”
“Not the way immigration should be done”
Defending his own party’s stance, Scott said: “We want immigration. I’m from an immigrant state, but it’s got to be legal immigration.”
Democrats spent years blasting the Trump administration for supposedly separating families on the border, but Scott said that is exactly what the current president is doing.
“He’s clearly separating these families,” he said. “They are sending them here because they are hopeful that someday they will get citizenship and then the parents can come. This is not the way immigration should be done.”
Biden pledged during the presidential campaign that he would take a softer stance on immigration issues, telling Vice News that he would fire ICE agents who arrest suspects for anything less serious than a felony charge.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has similarly criticized the Biden administration’s border policy, citing during a recent trip to El Paso, Texas, his fears that potential terrorists are being sent into the U.S. along with immigrants from Central America.