At a briefing Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki mentioned that the inflow of migrants arriving on the southern border “began during and was exacerbated by the Trump administration.”
Migrant encounters on the border have elevated steadily since May 2020, however skyrocketed in February 2021 after the Biden administration assumed workplace, in accordance with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) knowledge.
“After four years of an immigration system rooted in destructive and chaotic policies, President Biden is taking the challenge head on and is building a fair, orderly, and human immigration system. That’s our objective,” Psaki remarked.
The dramatic soar in border apprehensions coincided with the timing of an array of Biden administration government actions, together with a short lived deportation moratorium; a pause in border wall development; a recall of the “Remain in Mexico” coverage which required asylum-seekers to attend of their home international locations till their claims had been processed; and different reversals of Trump-era enforcement measures.
Border patrol detained 172,331 migrants in March, breaking a 15-year report. Additionally, a report variety of unaccompanied minors had been taken into custody. HHS and the Biden administration scrambled to accommodate the variety of undocumented youngsters, with many detention amenities alongside the border being overwhelmed and strapped for assets.
Migrants interviewed on the southern border have repeatedly cited Biden’s immigration insurance policies because the impetus for his or her journey and survey knowledge reveals that migrants and the traffickers who prey on them scrutinize coverage in figuring out when to make the journey.
At a information convention on March 25, Biden characterised the rise in unlawful crossings as a seasonal incidence not ensuing from his insurance policies.
“The truth of the matter is: Nothing has changed,” Biden mentioned. “It happens every single, solitary year.”
Addressing reporters within the briefing room Tuesday, Psaki commented that the Department of Homeland Security may even start “reuniting families that were separated by the policies of the previous administration.”