After President Joe Biden attempted to deny the existence of a crisis along the southern border in comments earlier this month, his administration seems to be shifting away from that stance.
In fact, one White House source recently confessed that Biden’s immigration policies appear to be at least partially responsible for the ongoing surge of undocumented immigrants coming across the U.S.-Mexico border.
“Surges tend to respond to hope”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki provided the admission during Thursday’s news conference as she discussed an increase in the number of unaccompanied minors arriving at the border.
“We recognize that, but we made a policy decision because we felt it was the humane approach,” she said, according to Breitbart.
Based on the context of other statements she made on the topic, the policy decision she referenced dealt with allowing unaccompanied minors to migrate into the U.S.
While she said the “vast, vast majority” of migrants have been turned away at the border, unaccompanied children had not.
In a statement this week, White House National Security Council adviser Roberta Jacobson seemed to attribute the increased number of migrants to Biden’s policies, declaring: “Surges tend to respond to hope. And there was a significant hope for a more humane policy after four years of, you know, pent-up demand.”
“We’ll be able to handle it”
Although former President Donald Trump received widespread criticism from progressives over his immigration policy, the Biden administration is proving its striking shift on the issue is fraught with its own potential pitfalls.
For all the opprobrium it attracted, Trump’s tough border enforcement kept illegal immigration in check. With Biden coming into the office on the promise of undoing many of his predecessor’s policies, the result has been a staggering surge of undocumented migrants at the border.
As for unaccompanied minors, border patrol agents encountered nearly 9,500 last month — an increase from 5,858 the month before. The administration’s decision to reopen child detention facilities has ignited a backlash from within the Democratic Party reminiscent of the “kids in cages” allegation employed against Trump.
Nevertheless, the president and his top aides have declined to refer to the situation as a crisis, opting instead to use euphemisms like a “vital human challenge.”
Asked directly whether there was a “crisis at the border” during an exchange with reporters earlier this month, the president said: “No. We’ll be able to handle it.”