President Joe Biden entered office with a clear plan to reverse as many of his predecessor’s policies as possible.
That has been especially evident in the realm of his immigration policy — and according to Breitbart, a top Biden adviser recently acknowledged that a growing border surge is a result of that shift.
“The border is not open”
In a statement on Wednesday, White House national security team member Roberta Jacobson confirmed that increased immigration on the U.S.-Mexico border is a result of the “hope” that the Biden administration has offered undocumented migrants.
Jacobson previously served in the Obama administration as U.S. ambassador to Mexico and, prior to that, was a U.S. assistant secretary of state who focused primarily on Latin American affairs. She joined White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki this week for a briefing and proceeded to describe several aspects of the current administration’s attempt to rapidly overhaul the nation’s immigration system.
“I want to be clear: Neither in this — neither this announcement nor any of the other measures suggest that anyone, especially children and families with young children, should make the dangerous trip to try and enter the U.S. in an irregular fashion,” she said.
Jacobson went on to further emphasize her point, declaring: “The border is not open.”
Reporters peppered her with related questions, including an inquiry into the administration’s messaging on the topic. In response, Jacobson stressed the importance of sending the “right” message to would-be immigrants while simultaneously working to “dispel the myths and misinformation that smugglers are using.”
“I’m not trying to be cute”
She claimed that the Biden White House is “trying to dissuade people from making that dangerous journey” even as “smugglers are conveying exactly the opposite to people.”
When confronted with questions about the emerging border crisis, Jacobson reiterated that message by proclaiming that “the perception is not the same as the reality, in terms of the border not being open.”
Nevertheless, she skirted the underlying issue by declining to admit that there is a “crisis” at all.
“I’m not trying to be cute here, but I think the fact of the matter is we have to do what we do regardless of what anybody calls the situation,” she said.
The recent remarks come as the Biden administration faces criticism from both sides of the aisle, with progressives slamming his reopening of child migrant detention facilities. For his part, the president recently denied that the situation on the border represented a crisis, insisting that his administration would “be able to handle it.”