- President Biden is facing growing tensions to address his administration’s strategy on the US-Mexico border as officials attempt to address the border crisis.
- 73 percent of voters are concerned about the government’s ability to handle the growing number of migrants at the border.
- In February alone, U.S. border agents detained more than 100,000 migrants, a 28 percent increase from the previous month. Of those taken into custody, 9,500 are unaccompanied children.
The United States is witnessing a massive influx of migrants along the southern border, including many children since this administration has taken office.
President Biden is facing growing tensions to address his administration’s strategy on the US-Mexico border as officials attempt to address the border’s surge.
A growing number of voters are concerned about the recent surge of migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border. A new poll was released by Rasmussen Reports showing 73 percent of voters are concerned about the government’s ability to handle the growing number of migrants at the border.
What you need to know
The surge at the southern border is turning into a humanitarian crisis. From October 2020 through February of this year, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) had around “400,000 encounters along the south-western border“, which is nearly “double the figure for the same period in 2019-20“.
Border officials say many of those migrants are repeat crossers who have been deported in the past.
During the House Homeland Security Committee hearing earlier today, DHS Secretary Mayorkas testified that the U.S. is on pace to reach the highest number of apprehensions at the border in 20 years.
To make the issue more challenging, COVID-19 has added another layer of complexity. Many migrants seeking asylum and released by border agents have tested positive for COVID-19.
What is Being Said
The migrant flux at the border has Republicans rallying their base around their anti-immigration message, while Democrats are racing to assist President Biden in addressing the border crisis.
In response to the border crisis, House Republicans have adopted former President Trump’s position on the border. “It’s more than a crisis. This is a human heartbreak,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said at a press conference, “The sad part of all this is it didn’t have to happen. This crisis is created by the presidential policies of this new administration. There’s no other way to claim it than a Biden border crisis.”
Rep. John Katko (R-NY), a ranking member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, described President Biden’s border policy as “disorder at the border by executive order.”
However, the DHS Secretary pushed back Wednesday against Republican criticism of the Biden administration’s border policies, refusing to say the surge is a “crisis.”
Democratic Rep. Vicente Gonzalez of Texas told CNN on Sunday: “We’re not going to cage children or divide families or rip children from mothers’ arms, but we need an orderly process for migrants who qualify for asylum to hopefully ask for asylum in their home country or a neighboring country or maybe build a center in southern Mexico where they can be processed there.”
“Our country is currently unprepared to handle a surge in migrants in the middle of the pandemic,” Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) said in a statement on March 4. “Migrants are illegally crossing, potentially exposing border communities to the coronavirus and putting us at risk.”
Why it Matters
“The situation at the southwest border is difficult,” Mayorkas said in his most extensive remarks to date on the subject. “We are working around the clock to manage it, and we will continue to do so. That is our job.”
Biden is asked by reporters if he has any plans on visiting the border given the ongoing immigration crisis: “Not at the moment.” pic.twitter.com/Fr0MgvtaXu
— TV News HQ (@TVNewsHQ) March 16, 2021
The border crisis is challenging. However, President Biden has yet to provide his administration’s immigration policy to the general public. It seems this administration is denying the realities at the border with no plan to fix the border crisis.
The crisis at the border is a ‘crisis,’ and it leaves Biden politically vulnerable on all sides.
Mike Price is the founder and Managing Editor of ThinkCivics. He holds a BA in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from Northern Kentucky University. He has been writing about politics, government, and culture for over a decade. When he is not writing about politics, he writes about his faith over on his Christian men’s blog Joshua’s Outpost. Follow him on Twitter at @MPriceMPA or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org