Pelosi Dismisses GOP Border Crisis Concerns: ‘Guess Their Dr. Seuss Approach Didn’t Work’

Pelosi Dismisses GOP Border Crisis Concerns: ‘Guess Their Dr. Seuss Approach Didn’t Work’

Mona Salama
Mona Salama
March 11, 2021

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) dismiss Republicans for focusing on the border crisis on the U.S. southern border in recent week, mocking the GOP for pivoting to a new issue as a distraction since their “Dr. Seuss approach didn’t work.”

During her weekly news conference, Pelosi was asked why Democrats are not talking about the border crisis compared to Republicans who are heavily  focused on this issue, noting that both parties are “talking about different things” and whether it’s a “mistake” that Democrats are not putting immigration reform higher and “earlier in the agenda.”

“Well, I guess their Dr. Seuss approach didn’t work for them. So now they’ve had to change the subject,” Pelosi said in response, referring to the GOP seizing on the issue of the culture wars after the author’s publishing house announced it was discontinuing several Dr. Seuss books over racist and insensitive imagery. “But we do not prioritize our values in how we can make a difference in the lives of the American people to be attuned to the bankruptcy of ideas that the Republicans have. Otherwise, no mistake.”

Pelosi praised Biden for having a “humane” border policy and stood by the president’s handling of the crisis, despite a surge that has seen more than 100,000 illegal immigrants crossing the border in February alone. According to US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data of February, it recorded 71,598 individual adults and 29,792 unaccompanied children crossing the border without their parents. Of the nearly 30,000 unaccompanied children, 26,850 were between the ages of 13 to 17, and 2,942 are under the age of 12. So far, in FY 2021 to date encounters are 97 percent higher than FY 2020 and 24 percent higher when there was a crisis at the border in FY 2019.

The House Speaker was asked about the current border crisis seeing an influx of illegals crossing the border due to the “Biden administration has acknowledged that the humanitarian effort that they have maybe an incentive.”

“I haven’t heard them say that that would be an incentive. I do think what they are doing is talking to regional governments to say, keep them home as well as if they have a case for refugee status or asylum seekers to have that adjudicated, have those interviews happen in the country of origin,” Pelosi responded.

She went on to contrast the president’s immigration policy that she stated she trust and differs from the likes of the “vile” Trump administration 2018 “zero-tolerance” policy implemented under former Attorney General Jeff Sessions as means of prosecuting illegal border crossings.

“But for those who are coming, they have a humane policy about how they as quickly as possible and it takes time because you want to do it right — can get them situated with family members or a safe place for them to be. And it will be nothing like what we saw in the Trump administration of babies being snatched from the arms of their parents. To me as a mom and a grandmother, that to me, is like the most vile, with stiff competition from the Trump administration, but one of the most vile things they did,” Pelosi said.

She added, “I trust the Biden administration’s policy to be based on humanitarian and love of children rather than political points or red meat for their Republican base.”

Biden made it his top priority to unravel many of the former president’s immigration policies. In his first month in office, Biden took quick executive action to undo several Trump-era immigration policies by ending the construction of Trump’s signature U.S-Mexico southern border wall and immediately suspended the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) — known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy, leading to the surge of unaccompanied minors arriving at the border in recent weeks. Now just 50 days being in office, Biden appears on a path to a mounting crisis that he can’t contain.

White House has refused for weeks to label the burgeoning situation at the border a “crisis,” while maintaining full denial mode that Biden’s decision to relax Trump-era border policies created a “pull” factor for migrants and sparking the new border crisis. White House press secretary Jen Psaki claimed on Wednesday that GOP criticism is incorrect and claiming “the border is not open.”

Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers have hammered Biden for causing the border surge crisis, tying it to the administration’s reversal of Trump-era policies.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio warned due to Biden ending the “Remain in Mexico” program, the president has sent “another signal that it is okay to come to this country unlawfully.” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, whose state is overwhelmed by the magnitude of the border crisis slammed the Biden Administration for causing the “desperate humanitarian crisis with their radical, open borders agenda.”

Florida, Arizona, Montana Attorney Generals have sued the Biden administration to block their new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) guidelines that mandate ICE officers to seek approval from senior leadership before deporting anyone that has not crossed the border recently. It also requires the agency to focus only on “threats to national security, border security, and public safety.”

“The Biden administration’s reckless policy of refusing to do their jobs and deport criminals places all those gains and Floridians’ public safety at risk,” Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said, arguing in a 28-page complaint that Biden and his administration have “violated their oaths of office, flouted Congressional statutes, failed to protect U.S. citizens and immigrants alike, and created what will quickly become a public-safety nightmare.”

House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told reporters that has yet to receive a response from Biden after sending a letter last week requesting a sit-down meeting to discuss the situation.

“Even the president of Mexico. He said that people coming to the border see Biden as the migrant president, the encouragement of making it happen. I couldn’t agree more. That is why we must address this crisis at the border that is spiraling out of control and is entirely caused by the actions of this administration. One common theme here is, this is not a political issue anymore, it’s becoming a national security concern,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy will soon lead a group of dozen House Republicans to visit the border to assess the situation firsthand on Monday. Texas GOP congressional delegation is planning to visit a Border Patrol facility and a refugee resettlement facility in McAllen, Laredo, and Eagle Pass, Texas at the end of the month.

Mona Salama

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