After weeks of adamantly rejecting the label, President Joe Biden referred to “the crisis that ended up on the border with young people” in remarks to reporters Saturday, but the White House later backtracked, insisting the “crisis” he was referring to was not the immediate situation at the nation’s southern border.
The Biden administration will need to continue to build up bed capacity and drastically reduce the time it takes to release unaccompanied migrant children to a sponsor like a parent or relative in the US to avoid backlogs in Border Patrol facilities in the coming months, according to internal government documents obtained by CNN.
President Biden said Thursday that he makes “no apologies” for rolling back former President Trump’s immigration policies as he defended his administration’s response to the swell of migrants at the southern border with Mexico.
Earlier this month, the Mexican president said Biden is seen as “the migrant president” in Central America because people believe he will let them into the U.S. The White House has tried to counter that perception, with Biden publicly urging people not to come to the border, but the message has not gotten through on the ground.
United States (US) President Joe Biden on Wednesday, 25 March, tasked Vice President (VP) Kamala Harris with overseeing the administration’s efforts to check the influx of migrants at the Mexican border.
"And this has caused Central American migrants, and also from our country, wanting to cross the border thinking that it is easier to do so," Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas emerged as the Biden administration's chief defender on immigration policy on the Sunday morning political news shows, appearing on four different networks to counter GOP attacks on the White Hou
Immigration has emerged as one of the administration’s most urgent challenges — seized on by Republicans as a political cudgel, posing risks to Democrats in the 2022 midterms and potentially undermining Biden’s governing agenda.
Alejandro N. Mayorkas, the secretary of homeland security, sparred with House Republicans on Wednesday over the surge of migrants — especially children — at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The administration expects more apprehensions at the border this year than at any point in the past two decades. Enacting policy to deal with the problems faces deep-rooted political and logistical challenges.