President Joe Biden’s campaign rhetoric, in conjunction with the immediate reversal of the Trump administration’s immigration policies, has led to a massive surge of migrants seeking entry at the southern border.
The Biden administration has avoided using the term “crisis” to describe what is occurring at the border, and while most of Biden’s Democratic allies in Congress have joined in the charade, there is at least one, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who is unafraid to call the “crisis” exactly what it is, TheBlaze reported.
Even Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas, while studiously avoiding the word “crisis,” nonetheless admitted that the migrant surge is the worst in 20 years.
Manchin admits border is “crisis” level
Manchin’s remark was published in report from CNN about the increasing improbability of Democrats finding consensus to push through a “comprehensive” immigration reform bill, as they have unsuccessfully sought to do for several years now.
Manchin, who acknowledged he would likely support a comprehensive measure, nonetheless implied that he had some unanswered questions for the Biden administration regarding how it was handling the situation along the southern border.
“Whatever message was sent — it was sure interpreted the wrong way,” the West Virginia senator told CNN. “It’s a crisis — oh it’s a crisis.”
DHS avoids “crisis” term
Meanwhile, DHS Sec. Mayorkas issued a press release Tuesday regarding the border and, while he refrained from labeling it as a “crisis,” he called the situation “difficult.”
“We are on pace to encounter more individuals on the southwest border than we have in the last 20 years,” Mayorkas said. “We are expelling most single adults and families. We are not expelling unaccompanied children.”
His open admission that unaccompanied children are being allowed in and processed, applies directly to Manchin’s statement about how messages from the administration are being interpreted, as unaccompanied children make up the bulk of the migrants illegally crossing the border and filling detainment facilities beyond capacity.
Psaki dances around terminology
Press secretary Jen Psaki has also danced around the issue to avoid calling it a “crisis,” as evidenced by her response to several questions about the ongoing emergency during Monday’s press briefing.
Instead, she called the border situation a “big problem,” a “challenge,” something that is “complicated,” “difficult,” “heartbreaking” and an “emotional issue,” among other choice descriptors.
At one point, when asked if the Federal Emergency Management Agency setting up additional facilities constituted a “disaster,” Psaki replied, “I know that we always get into the fun of labels around here, but I would say our focus is on solutions.”