President Biden, in one of the latest rare interviews conducted by a friendly network, claims his administration has “gotten control” of the crisis at the U.S. southern border.
“Before you took office in January, you laid out four crises that demanded urgent action,” MSNBC’s Craig Melvin asked Biden in an interview on NBC’s Today Show. “Immigration was not one of the crises that demanded urgent action in January. Does it demand urgent action now? Is what’s happening at the southern border is it a crisis?”
“It is getting urgent action now,” Biden replied. “For example, a month ago, we had thousands of young kids in custody in places they shouldn’t be controlled by the Border Patrol. We have now cut that down dramatically.”
Biden continued by placing the blame on the Trump administration for the “failure” in the lack of transition between the two administrations as a reason for what he claims he had inherited.
“Here’s what happened. “The failure to have a real transition, the two departments that didn’t give us access to virtually anything were immigration and the Defense Department. So we didn’t find out they have fired a whole lot of people; they were understaffed considerably,” Biden claimed.
Melvin then pressed on by noting that for the month of April, 170,000 migrants were apprehended at the border and that 22,000 unaccompanied children are currently in the U.S., an overall 20-year record high.
“It’s way down now; we have now gotten control,” Biden said.
The president would then claim the record-breaking influx of migrants and unaccompanied children showing up at the border is a seasonal surge, a talking point Left-leaning fact-checking site PolitiFact has rated “mostly false.”
“They didn’t plan for, which comes every year, this flow, whether it’s 22,000 or 10,000,” Biden stated. “They didn’t have the beds that were available. They didn’t plan for the overflow. They didn’t plan for the Department of Health and Human Services to have places to take the kid from the border patrol and put them in beds where there’s security, and there were people that could take care of them.”
Customs and Border Protection has projected that 184,000 unaccompanied minors will cross the U.S. border in the fiscal year 2021. According to CBP data last month, the Biden administration projects the number of unaccompanied children crossing the border that has already overwhelmed detention facilities will continue to spiral over the next six months, with numbers projected to smash records every month.
Biden officials were warned before the president was sworn in from Trump’s Department of Homeland Security that making any sudden immigration move during a global pandemic would lead to chaos at the border. By ignoring the warning from the previous administration and even by some made by Democratic lawmakers who represent the border district of Texas, Biden just shortly after being sworn-in 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. But, his administration failed to prepare for the consequences of the looser immigration enforcement, and less than a month later would become very ill-equipped and under-resourced to handle the mounting surge that continues to plague the new president’s tenure.
When asked about one of his campaign pledges that he has failed to do within his first 100 days regarding his promise to unite children with families that were supposedly ripped by the previous administration from their parent’s arms at the border, as there are reports that no children have been reunited, Biden pushed back that he doesn’t think the reports are true before saying it “could be” true.
“I don’t think that’s true, but that could be,” Biden said. “But we have done is we have united children with their families as they come across the border. We don’t know yet where those kids are. We’re trying like hell to figure out what’s happened.”
Biden reiterated his previous blunt message to asylum-seekers from Mexico and the Northern Triangle in urging them to not send their children in making the dangerous trek to the U.S. border.
“Do not send your kids, period,” Biden said. “They’re in jeopardy making that thousand-mile trek. So, what we’re doing now is we’re going back to those countries in question, where most of it’s coming from, and saying, look, you can apply from your country, you don’t have to make this trek.”