Republican congressman forced to admit Biden never 'opened the borders'

Katie Ramirez
March 22, 2021

Pelosi defended President Biden's immigration agenda as Republicans have been campaigning to hold his administration responsible for the growing number of illegals after reversing numerous Trump-era policies.

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas placed the blame for the current influx of migrants on the southern border at the feet of the prior administration in an interview with Martha Raddatz on ABC News' "This Week".

USA authorities have been releasing hundreds of families to shelters and giving them notices to appear in immigration court to reduce overcrowding at border facilities.

Sen. Chris Murphy on Friday said he "fought back tears" during a visit to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection detention facility in Texas holding hundreds of migrant children from Mexico, Central America, and beyond.

The Biden administration's message on the border: do not come.

In an MSNBC report about migrants crossing into the US a reporter asked them if they were coming because they knew the new president would let them in.

Donald Trump said he left a "couple page" letter for President Joe Biden in the Oval Office on Inauguration Day that he wrote from "the heart" as he bashed his successor's policies on the border.

U.S. government officials are scrambling to find bed space for some 15,500 unaccompanied immigrant children who have poured over the southern border in record numbers.

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The Biden administration has been criticized for its refusal to allow members of the press inside the facilities.

The biggest challenge faced by Biden's administration is that of unaccompanied children. While the new administration was working on immigration legislation to address long-term problems, it didn't have an on-the-ground plan to manage a surge of migrants.

On CNN, Mayorkas said three facilities had been established in the last week to help move children out of border patrol stations.

Roberta Jacobson, the Biden administration's coordinator for the southern border, and Juan Gonzalez, the National Security Council's senior director for the Western Hemisphere, will be making the trip, according to NSC spokeswoman Emily Horne. "They come every year around this time, when the weather pattern changes".

The White House also points to Biden's decision to deploy the Federal Emergency Management Agency to support efforts to process the growing number of unaccompanied migrant children arriving at the border. But she said the Biden administration has plans to ensure immigrants are handled "in a much more humane way than before".

But Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., told "Fox News Sunday" that "it's rich that Secretary Mayorkas won't let press travel with him to the border, but he will come on your Sunday morning show and peddle the same kind of nonsense that has created the Biden border crisis in the first place".

Officials are looking for ways to boost capacity to house and care for migrants now in federal custody.

"How did it come to this, that a country defined by our warm embrace of immigrants now must be defined by our irrational fear of them?" One of its top public faces, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, tweeted of reopening the Trump-era facility in Carrizo Springs, "This is not okay, never has been okay, never will be okay - no matter the administration or party".

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