Joe Biden was angry at his government’s response to the plight of migrant children and denounced his health and human services minister in the Oval Office, according to a report.
Biden, who is said to be obsessed with details and demanding answers from all his staff, became angry on March 30 over the pressing problem of how to deal with migrant children.
Nearly 19,000 unaccompanied minors were detained at the border in March, according to the Associated Press. In April, the number of minors arriving without parents decreased by nine percent.
Xavier Becerra, the secretary of the HHS, frustrated his boss by not having answers to his questions about the agency’s ability to care for migrant children, said two people familiar with the exchange, who spoke with The New York Times.
Joe Biden, pictured Thursday, was reportedly angry with his cabinet on March 30 at a rally about child migrants
Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra was reportedly unable to answer Biden’s extensive questions
Unaccompanied children are seen arriving in Texas after crossing the Rio Grande on Thursday
A Border Patrol agent is seen near El Paso, Texas on Thursday with migrants awaiting processing
Earlier in March, the paper reported, the president was upset when his top immigration advisers were asked by Biden if they had been at the border for the past few days – and they all replied that they hadn’t.
Four days later, advisers, including Alejandro Mayorkas, in charge of Homeland Security, and Susan Rice, director of Biden’s Domestic Policy Council, arrived at the border to assess the situation.
The report comes amid growing anger among White House border security officers.
There are currently more than 20,000 migrants in HHS custody, up from nearly 12,000 at the end of March.
The Associated Press reported that migrants are being housed in more than 200 locations across multiple states.
Twenty Republican governors wrote to Biden earlier this week blaming his government for the crisis, expressing concern at HHS’s efforts to house an unknown number of children in their states.
Reuters interviewed a dozen current and former agents, who spoke of their growing dissatisfaction with the relaxation of immigrant restrictions introduced by President Donald Trump.
A group of children from Central America are seen resting after crossing Texas on Thursday
Border patrol agents surround a group of asylum-seeking migrants from Central America after crossing the Rio Grande
Since February, after Biden took office, border crossings have skyrocketed, already trapping overwhelming facilities for migrants for resources and space.
“ So many people come over, and then, we’re there suicide to catch them, save them or whatever it is, and then they’re released, ” said Rosemarie Pepperdine, an officer who said she was planning to retire to go.
“Why even bother?”
Brandon Judd, chair of the National Border Patrol Council, a union that represents three-quarters of the approximately 20,000 border guards, criticized Biden’s leadership over the migrant situation.
“I can confidently say that President Biden owns this crisis,” Judd noted.
“It’s his fault.”
Border Patrol chief Rodney Scott wrote a memo on April 16 outlining his grievances over the ban on formulating immigration that was considered politically incorrect by the administration.
The administration has implemented new policies, including banning terminology such as ‘illegal alien’, ‘alien’ and ‘assimilation’ when referring to migrants, which annoys many on-site officers.
“Over the years, many outside forces at both ends of the political spectrum have deliberately or unintentionally politicized our service and our mission,” Scott said in the memo addressed to Acting CBP Commissioner Troy Miller.
Some agents have reportedly started calling Biden ‘Let’ Em Go Joe ‘, according to a border guard agent who spoke anonymously with Reuters.
Gil Maza, a former agent who retired in March, is selling a redesigned unofficial coin for the US Border Patrol that reads “ US Welcome Patrol. ”
Maza told Reuters he had sold 78 coins to former and current agents in a matter of days.
“It puts a bit of humor on the situation,” said Maza of his creation.
“And it’s something that helps us, I think, mentally and emotionally to deal with the situation, because especially now the situation is quite dire.”
US border agents met underage migrants along the United States’ border with Mexico in April, though total arrests reached a 15-year high last month, according to a report released by US Customs and Border Protection on Tuesday.
Data showed that in April, the border patrol met 178,622 undocumented immigrants seeking to enter the United States, exceeding the March total by 5,274.
The bans at the 1,954-mile border were more than 10 times higher in April than in April 2020, when 17,106 people were stopped by border guards.
Meanwhile, border agents encountered 17,171 unaccompanied children, 9 percent fewer than 18,890 in March, as a record number of unaccompanied migrant children entered US custody along the southern border.
However, meetings at the border increased dramatically during Trump’s nine months in office and continued to deteriorate under the rule of his successor.