On Thursday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki evaded and didn’t answer questions about Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who pointed to Biden as the cause of the nascent crisis on the border.
Fox News Channel’s Peter Doocy asked Psaki, “Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said people coming to the US see Biden, President Biden, as the migrant president. Does the White House take that as a compliment? “
Psaki gave a long, tortuous reply that Mexico was an “important partner” in combating immigration. She said the matter had been raised both publicly and privately and that officials had told Mexico that the majority of the people would be turned away.
“But the facts are that the vast majority of the people who come to our border are turned away, and the statistics confirm it.”
Peter Doocy to Jen Psaki:
Does Biden like the nickname “The Migrant President”?
– Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) March 11, 2021
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Psaki ducks and dives
Psaki’s answer to Doocy’s question:
“Well, it has to be Mexico first, it is an important partner in ensuring that we address the flow of migrants from Central America through Mexico and many to the United States border. We have also communicated privately and publicly that the majority of people who come to our border will be turned away. We certainly recognize this too because the President and our government have decided that the path to a humane approach to immigration is to allow unaccompanied minors to be treated with humanity and to be in a safe place while we try to reach them homes and sponsor houses, of which possibly even more have come to our border, and of course there has been a large influx of children across the border. “
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Jen Psaki became a contender for verbal gymnastics this week when reporters tried to confirm the number of children who came over the border.
In what looked like “Who’s on First” game, Psaki continued to refer the reporter to the Department of Homeland Security, saying, “It’s not our program,” and the numbers are being followed by the DHS.
In another White House press conference, Psaki was brought to justice on allegations that the Biden administration “caged children” because of the description of the accommodation of unaccompanied minors under the Trump administration.
Psaki said the facilities did not involve caging children as they were offered educational services and other amenities.
REPORTER: “The number of immigrants detained has tripled … Is that correct?”
PSAKI: “These numbers are being tracked by the DHS. I just suggest you speak to them …”
REPORTER: “We talked to you … you won’t confirm the numbers.”
PSAKI: “Ask her again … it’s not our program” pic.twitter.com/4MQy2X9RgX
– Daily caller (@DailyCaller) March 9, 2021
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Mexico becomes concerned
The Mexican government is reportedly increasingly concerned about Joe Biden’s border policy. They claim that gang activity has increased sharply at the border.
Mexican officials say that from the day Biden took office, “organized crime” has changed the way it operates and now has an “unprecedented” level of sophistication. “
Officials also claim that “migrants are encouraged to bring children to facilitate asylum applications”.
Mexican President Lopez-Obrador also said: “You see him as a migrant president and so many believe they will reach the United States.”
Fears on the U.S. southern border are at levels not seen since 2019, according to Al Jazeera, and were the highest in February in 15 years.
Mexico “concerned” that Biden “is fueling illegal immigration”, “creating business for organized crime”: report https://t.co/nc1XzBcEJQ
– Norman Firebaugh (@FirebaughNorman) March 12, 2021
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Immigration and a near-bursting border have become a political hotbed in the seven weeks since Joe Biden became president. The question for the Democrats was how Joe Biden’s policies could appear more humane.
Not all Democrats are in lockstep, however.
Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), whose district covers much of the border, said: “The news has to change. Messaging is very, very important. You should learn from what happened in 2014. I think there is going to be a humanitarian crisis very, very soon because of the pandemic. “
For Republicans, it could turn out to be a juicy campaign issue for 2022. A report by Politico said the GOP “is fueling fear among its” super-spreader caravans “of migrants”.
Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), minority chairman of the House of Representatives, will lead a delegation to the border next week to see the situation firsthand.
Our country is currently unprepared to cope with a surge in migrants in the midst of this pandemic. I urge the Biden government to listen and work with the communities on the southern border dealing with this influx.
Inaction is not an option. https://t.co/bm7IMSzFGS
– Rep. Henry Cuellar (@RepCuellar) March 4, 2021
This is the #BidenBorderCrisis.
On his first day in office, he had no plan to open American schools or businesses, but did announce his priority was to offer citizenship to 11 million undocumented undocumented immigrants.
What did he think would happen?
📺 @GOPLeader pic.twitter.com/8m92qepwe3
– House Republicans (@HouseGOP) March 12, 2021
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