President Biden on Tuesday defended his handling of the US-Mexico border crisis, claiming there are record-high illegal border crossings because people are “running away from communism” – despite the fact that most migrants are not.
Biden said after US Customs and Border Protection had apprehended about 158,000 migrants in August, bringing the tally for fiscal year 2022 to 11 months so far. over 2.15 million,
Biden called for “communism” despite the fact that only 35% In August the migrants left the authoritarian socialist governments of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.
“There are fewer immigrants coming from Central America and Mexico. It’s a completely different circumstance,” Biden said at the White House, when a reporter asked why the “limit”? [is] Overwhelmed under your watch. ,
“Now I see Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua,” Biden claimed. “And the ability to send them back to those states is not rational.”
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre also attributed the influx of migrants to “communism” – not to the “pull” factors associated with Biden’s more relaxed border policies.
“These people are running from communism,” said Jean-Pierre. “The falling authoritarian regimes in Venezuela as well as Nicaragua and Cuba are creating a new migration challenge in the Western Hemisphere. So what we are seeing is a new pattern.”
“Meanwhile, migration from Mexico and northern Central America has decreased for three consecutive months and is down by almost half and we saw that with Nicaragua, Venezuela and Cuba increasing by 121%,” she told reporters.
The August figures brought the number of US-Mexico border busts to more than 2 million for the first fiscal year on record. In FY21, there were about 1.7 million border concerns, up from around 460,000 in 2020 and over 980,000 in 2019.
Figures for fiscal year 2022 show that migrants from Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela are actually higher, but they are still only part of the increase at the border.
In the past 11 months, about 154,000 Venezuelans, 195,000 Cubans and 146,000 Nicaraguas have been confronted at the southwest border, less than 23% of the total 2.15 million migrants that have occurred so far in fiscal year 2022. According to CBP data.
Taking off all migrants from the three socialist countries, there were 1.43 million migrants at the border in the first 11 months of fiscal year 2021 and 1.66 million in the first 11 months of fiscal year 2022 – meaning the border crisis worsened slightly even without factoring in. Gone. Collision among migrants from those countries.
Republicans blamed Biden’s policies, including his decision to end the Trump administration’s “stay in Mexico” policy that required asylum seekers at the US-Mexico border to live in Mexico, while US courts Their claims of harassment were evaluated.
Biden has also eased a COVID-19 pandemic policy used by Trump officials to swiftly expel most people who cross the border illegally.
A Texas lawmaker threw cold water at the White House’s claims that a wave of migrants arriving from Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua was responsible for the boom, not Biden’s lax policies.
“I understand what he (Biden) is saying, but at the end of the day it is because our borders are open and we are allowing this to continue so they are coming. Those people had this problem forever. The only thing that has changed is the person in charge,” Val Verde County commissioner Robert Beau Nettleton told The Post.
He said many migrants are abusing the asylum system to come to the US.
“The process of asylum does not mean that you send 20,000 (people) across the river at one go and say I want refuge. It’s not a process. The process is you walk into a port of entry and request asylum or you do it at an embassy in your home country,” Nettleton said.
“We have to get our immigration system under control. We have to close the border,” he warned.
Republicans have long claimed that Biden, who scrapped immigration policies set by former President Donald Trump, made welcome signs at the border.
Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) said the president “lies” to the American people about the border being secure, and pointed out that his policies created conditions at the border that led to an immigration crisis.
“Democracy depends on mutual acceptance of rules, norms, and institutions. President Biden’s southern border policy has undermined that principle. He has completely opened the southern border, and he has seen it in the eyes of the American people.” , and he has lied and said that the border is closed. Kennedy told Fox News on Tuesday.
Jean-Pierre acknowledged the historic number of migrant encounters at the southern border, but said they had been expelled without a legal reason to enter the US, before he boarded with the administration’s call for immigration reform. He went on to criticize the Republicans for not coming but claiming. Changes are needed to fix the system destroyed by the Trump administration.
“We have solutions. We came up with solutions on the first day of this administration. The president has been very clear that he has introduced a comprehensive immigration bill to an immigration,” she said.
“And what we want to see is that Republicans decide to come to the table and really help us tackle a systemic problem that we’ve seen for decades when it comes to our immigration system, Which was actually destroyed by mismanagement and the last administration,” said Jean-Pierre.
She continued to be condemned as a “political stunt”. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Migrants flew to Martha’s Vineyard from Texas last week to illustrate the consequences of the Biden administration’s lax border policies.
The White House is also monitoring reports that DeSantis, a Republican, is sending a planeload of migrants to the President’s Vacation Home in Delaware.
Nettleton said this pattern of migration will continue until the Biden administration does something to end it.
“This will last as long as we have the administration. Nothing is going to change because there is no desire to stop it. Unless you start deporting everyone who crosses the river, it will stop,” he said.