The White House is following back Biden’s comments and insisting that there is NO ‘crisis’ at the border
The White House is running back on President Joe Biden’s use of the word ‘crisis’, the president referred to the influx of migrants at the border during a conversation with journalists on Saturday.
“The president does not think that children coming to our border and seeking refuge from violence, economic hardship and other dire circumstances is a crisis,” said White House press secretary Jen Psaki during Monday’s briefing. He feels the crisis in Central America, the dire circumstances that many are fleeing from, that that is a situation that we must devote our time and our efforts to, and that we must address if we have more of years. ‘
An unnamed White House official used nearly identical language earlier Monday in a CNN report
President Joe Biden used the word “ crisis ” in comments he made about the southern border and the refugee hat Saturday from a golf course in Wilmington, Delaware
White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Monday that Biden “ doesn’t feel that children coming to our border, seeking refuge from violence, economic hardship and other dire circumstances, is a crisis. ”
Migrant families from Central America and border guards were photographed last week in La Joya, Texas
‘No, there is no change in position. Children coming to our border and seeking refuge from violence, economic hardship and other dire conditions is not a crisis, ” a White House official told the cable network.
For weeks, officials from Biden’s government have been pressured to describe the influx of migrants as a ‘crisis’ – a term they have opposed.
But the president slipped out on Saturday and used the word when talking about a decision not to raise the refugee cap just yet.
“We’re going to increase the numbers,” said Biden, “the problem was that the refugee section was dealing with the crisis ending at the border with young people and we couldn’t do two things at once.”
“And now we’re going to increase the number,” Biden said of allowing refugees into the US.
Psaki spent part of Monday’s briefing cleaning up the government’s implementation of the flight-free policy on Friday, calling the original 62,500 refugees an “ ambitious increase. ”
On Friday, the government announced that it would keep the Trump-era limit of 15,000, but with the caveat that the limit would be raised once those 15,000 people were admitted.
Like the president, Psaki linked that decision Monday to the influx of migrants the government faced at the US-Mexico border.
“There was an increase in unaccompanied children at the border,” Psaki noted. ‘Our policy has always been to welcome those children in, to find a place where they can be received in a humane and safe way.’
“That increase and that influx was, as you all know, higher than most people, including us, expected,” she said.
When asked about Biden’s use of “crisis,” she pointed out how the federal government has made “some progress” in moving unaccompanied children from customs and border protection facilities to those of Health and Human Services.
Psaki said 1,000 children have been placed in HHS care this weekend alone.
“We think that is a step forward,” said the press secretary.
Psaki was previously guilty of her own ‘crisis’ misstep, using the term in a March briefing when asked whether the government would send doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, which is not yet approved for use in the USA, to Mexico.
Psaki was also asked whether the US had made demands on Mexico, such as immigration cooperation, in exchange for vaccines.
“There have been expectations outside, unrelated to vaccine doses or requests for them, that they would be partners in dealing with the crisis at the border,” she replied.