Democrats have been trying to blame Donald Trump for the unprecedented border crisis that just happened while Joe Biden is in office.
But one CNN host surprised many this week when he told the trust and said that the Biden administration has a “humanitarian crisis” on its hands and that they bear responsibility for it.
CNN’s John Avlon said Wednesday night that Biden “can’t afford to ignore” the problem at the U.S. southern border and that the administration’s change in immigration policies played a big role in the crisis.
“There is a spike of apprehensions at the southern border. Over 100,000 in February alone. That included nearly 9,600 kids, many unaccompanied by adults,” Avlon said.
“The recent rise began in the final months of Trump’s term, but it’s escalated since Biden took office. The border is not open, that’s false, but it is fair to say that Biden’s retraction of a Trump policy, which made people seeking asylum wait on the Mexican side of the border, has contributed to the rise,” he added.
He added that current levels of “undocumented” immigration lag behind a spike in 2019 which was “the highest in more than a decade.”
“But many of the migrants think that Biden’s less punitive approach means they’re welcome to cross the country illegally. They’re not. The Biden administration needs to make that clear,” Avlon said.
“This is a political vulnerability. While Biden’s approval rating was 51% in a CNN poll last week, only 43% approve of his handling of immigration. Consider this, Donald Trump increased his vote total on the Texas/Mexico border against Biden in 2020, flipping eight Latino-heavy counties,” he added.
“Whether or not they want to call this a crisis, Biden has a practical problem brewing at the border. And he can’t afford to ignore it,” Avlon concluded.
Biden and his lax immigration policies and the fact that he has been practically begging migrants to come to the border for over a year are what created this new crisis.
Trump had the border under control and once Biden took office, the crisis occurred.
A new report from CNN on Monday revealed that children detained in an overcrowded government-run tent facility at the US-Mexico border say they haven’t been able to shower for days or contact their parents.
Some children get to shower about once a week and sometimes soap runs out, with only shampoo available, she said. One child told Welch she hadn’t showered in six days.
Things are so bad that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is asking DHS staff to “volunteer” to help deal with what he conceded was an “overwhelming” number of migrants at the border.
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Author: Martin Walsh