Pelosi Blames Trump For Border Crisis, Says US Is Now In A ‘Good Path’ Under Biden’s Leadership

Pelosi Blames Trump For Border Crisis, Says US Is Now In A ‘Good Path’ Under Biden’s Leadership

Mona Salama
Mona Salama
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April 7, 2021

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is blaming former President Donald Trump for the current crisis surrounding the surge of migrant children crossing the southern border, a mess created solely by President Biden’s with his reckless reversal of his predecessor policies — as she praised the new administration in claiming they are on a “good path” to handle the situation, despite his “leadership” lack of action.

“I’m glad you asked that question in a larger sense, instead of quoting the ridiculousness of the Republicans in the Congress. The fact is that we’re on a good path at the border under the leadership of President Biden,” Pelosi told reporters during an event touting Biden’s $1.9 COVID Relief “American Relief Plan” in a San Fransisco community clinic on Wednesday.

Pelosi cited “three things” or “the three Rs” that she said is a plan of action from the Biden administration to address the immediate concerns in correcting what is happening at the border, blaming Trump for putting Biden in a “very bad situation.”

“It’s about three things. It’s about restructuring how we do what is happening there because we were in a very bad situation under the Trump Administration. It’s about a refugee plan,” Pelosi said. “We have to restructure what we’re doing. We have to have a decent respect for our responsibilities for people who have a legitimate cause for refugee status. And we also have to have their resettlement as quickly as possible.”

“So, I call it the three R’s, restructuring the whole system, respecting the refugee status that we have an obligation to do and the resettlement in a way that is safe for the children, because it’s always about the children,” Pelosi added.

Pelosi had repeated the same argument last month, saying Biden has the border situation “under control” while pointing the blame at Trump for the “broken system” in causing the spiraling border crisis. At the time the Speaker said these remarks during an interview with ABC News ‘This Week,’ the number of unaccompanied minors under CBP custody was only 3,250 migrant children, with Border Patrol encountering 435 minors on a daily basis, causing an overflow in the detention facilities the Biden administration reopened that were closed under the Trump administration. To manage the influx of daily surges and the overcapacity of facilities, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas deployed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to the border to help facilitate the transfer of kids from border care facilities and into homes.

Three weeks later, preliminary data from CBP shows that Border Patrol agents detained more than 171,000 migrants at the southern border in the month of March, the highest monthly total in two decades and nearly a 70 percent increase from the previous month. Out of the total 171,000 migrants in custody, nearly 19,000 of those were unaccompanied minors, a 99 percent increase from the number it recorded for the month of February.

As of April 5, CBP recorded a daily total of 19,424 unaccompanied children detained in U.S. custody with 4,231 of those minors currently still being held in detention facilities while the rest of the 15,193 are held in Health and Human Service custody.

According to the preliminary report, the March figure marks a staggering 100,000 plus jump from the 78,442 migrants it saw crossing the border back when Biden first took office in January. The number of family members traveling together surged to more than 53,000 last month, three times more from the nearly 19,000 it recorded in February and almost eight times increase from the 7,294 it saw in January.

Republicans have pounded Biden in recent weeks for causing the surge of migrants flocking the border, blaming the president for his rhetoric and for taking an unprecedented step his first day in office to roll back many of Trump-era immigration policies. GOP House members who tour the border Wednesday challenged both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to “get some backbone” and make a trip to the border to face the fallout.

The House Speaker slammed Republicans for their “ridiculousness” news conferences and the congressional trek to the border to bring attention to the border crisis, calling their concerns deceitful.

“For [Republicans] to start blaming it on whoever’s coming across the border and asking for a classified briefing is really more subterfuge than science,” Pelosi said when asked about concerns of illegal migrants who are infected while crossing the border.

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Mona Salama

Mona Salama