President Joe Biden has pulled a one-eighty on a pledge to not visit the United States-Mexican border. As we know, the border is currently overwhelmed with illegal immigrants and asylum seekers and this past Sunday Biden stated his intention to tour the area “at some point.”
After that comment though he refused to give any more information on the topic.
“Biden was asked by reporters at The White House upon his return from Camp David whether the president was thinking about going to the border, to which he responded, ‘At some point, I will, yes,'” The Hill reported late Sunday.
Biden was also pressed and asked whether the administration was considering trying to do anything different to stem the wave of migrants crashing into the southern border other than simply telling them to “stay home” or come back once there’s a better program in place. He seemed to agree that the White House should consider more options and even suggested that the Biden administration could look into returning to the “Remain in Mexico” policy that was set in place by the Trump administration. A policy that kept asylum seekers out of the country until their court hearing.
“A lot more,” Biden told reporters. “We’re in the process of doing it now, including making sure that we reestablish what existed before, which was they can stay in place and make their case from their home country.”
Biden was in no rush and continually reinforced that he did not need to see the crowded border facilities firsthand.
“I know what’s going on in those facilities,”
As we have talked about previously, the Biden administration continually insists that the situation at the border is in fact not a “crisis,” but news broke this past week and over the weekend, indicating that the Customs and Border Protection service is having difficulty managing the number of migrants presenting themselves or being caught at the border, particularly the number of child migrants. It is now being reported that there are close to 13,000 child migrants in CBP, Health and Human Services(HHS), and Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA) custody.
On Monday morning, Axios published a pair of articles, one suggesting that almost 1,000 children had been in CPB custody for over 10 days and one detailing the conditions they are living in at the border, with photos provided by a federal legislator who toured the border facility this past week.
“Exclusive photos from inside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection temporary overflow facility in Donna, Texas, reveal the crowded, makeshift conditions at the border as the government's longer-term child shelters and family detention centers fill up.”https://t.co/WJnkV4zBFX pic.twitter.com/7XqagoPwak
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) March 22, 2021
CNN reports that, when asked about the conditions, “Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Sunday would not provide a timeline on when children at the border will be housed in more humane conditions, only saying it would be ‘as soon as possible.'”