Biden In New Video Thanks Legal Immigrants For ‘Choosing Us’ As He Loses Control Over Illegals Surging Southern Border

Biden In New Video Thanks Legal Immigrants For ‘Choosing Us’ As He Loses Control Over Illegals Surging Southern Border

Mona Salama
Mona Salama
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April 5, 2021

President Biden in an official video message thanked newly naturalized citizens for “choosing us” and for having the “courage” to come to the United States, at the same time he continues to lose control over the rapidly growing surge of illegals entering the country and plummeting poll number over his handling of the border crisis —all occurring just less than three months in taking office.

“First and foremost, I want to thank you for choosing us and believing that America is worthy of your aspirations,” Biden says at the beginning of the 90-second video message that will be played at naturalization ceremonies welcoming new US citizens, calling the U.S. a “great nation of immigrants.”

In the brief remarks, Biden references the “courage” of immigrants and the “sacrifice” in making “this journey” to come to the U.S.

“Every immigrant comes to America from different circumstances, and for different reasons,” the president continues to say. “But you all have one thing in common: courage. The courage it takes to sacrifice and make this journey. The courage to leave your homes, your lives, your loved ones, and come to a nation that is more than just a place but rather, an idea. An idea that where everyone is created equal and deserves to be treated equally. The idea that we have as a nation, and we can define American in one word: possibilities.”

Biden says that the new citizens have earned the same title “equal to that of an American president.”

“You have earned a new title equal to that of an American president, the title I’m most proud of — citizen,” Biden said.

The release comes as Biden in a new Associated Press-NORC poll released earlier Monday found that more Americans disapprove of the president handling of the border crisis than approve. The survey showed that immigration was a high priority for most Americans.
Via AP-NORC Poll
Over 40 percent of Americans disapprove of how the president is responding to the border situation, while only just 24 percent approve. Breaking it down by political affiliation, 66 percent of Republicans and 15 percent of Democrats disapprove of Biden’s handling.
The new poll follows a trend of recent polls released at the end of March that found his rating on immigration that remains a vulnerability. A nationwide NPR/Marist poll between March 22 and 25 found that 53 percent of respondents disapprove of Biden’s work on immigration, compared to just 34 percent who said they approve. Meanwhile, an ABC News/Ipos poll conducted March 26 to 27 found that 57 percent of Americans disapprove of how Biden’s handling the situation of the influx of migrants as 54 percent see the situation as a crisis.

Along with the new plummeting poll, preliminary data from the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) over the weekend revealed that U.S. authorities caught more than 171,000 migrants at the southern border in March, the most in any month for at least 15 years and up nearly 70 percent from February. The 171,000 data marks a staggering jump from the 78,442 migrants who crossed the border two months ago when President Biden first took office.

The crossings by unaccompanied minors present the more severe logistical challenge for Biden. More than 18,700 unaccompanied children and teenagers were taken into custody last month after crossing the border, including at port entries, nearly double the roughly 9,450 minors detained in February and more than four times the 4,635 unaccompanied minors who crossed in March of last year.

According to the latest data, more than 13,300 unaccompanied minors were held in the detention center on Friday. Based on the data of March, the administration projects that it will need over 35,000 beds for minors in border facilities and emergency shelters by the end of May.

The migrant surge is driven mostly by Biden who on the first day in office took unprecedented efforts in rolling back many of Trump-era immigration policies, along with an improving U.S. economy as the Democratic-controlled Congress aims to rake up the debt by splashing trillions of dollars in new spending. Along with Biden’s more welcoming tone, many migrants from Northern Triangle countries in Central Americans took this as a sign that this president and administration were inviting them to cross the border without fear of being sent back.

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Mona Salama

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