With border patrol bucking under recent flooding of migrants at America’s southern border, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) defended the Biden administration’s struggles, covering for Biden’s failure to stabilize the flow of migrants and continued usage of facilities that were endlessly criticized under former President Donald Trump.
Refusing to call the situation a crisis, Pelosi instead called it “a humanitarian challenge to all of us,” during an appearance on ABC.
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“What the administration has inherited is a broken system at the border, and they are working to correct that in the children’s interest,” she said, adding that the Biden administration is attempting “a transition from what was wrong before to what is right.”
Pelosi also suspects “climate change” to be a culprit for the uptick, citing droughts in Central American countries as reason for such massive numbers. “There are many reasons that go into this, but the fact is, we have to deal with it at the border,” Pelosi said.
While Pelosi remains in denial, the situation at the border cannot be described as anything less than a crisis. The DHS has confirmed that more than 3,400 unaccompanied minors are in custody inside detention facilities as of last week, some kept in border patrol custody longer than the legal maximum of 72 hours. Customs and Border Protection officials reported 100,000 attempted illegal crossings in the month of February, an increase from 78,000 individuals who tried to cross in January.
Although Biden did finally crack and deployed the Federal Emergency Management Agency to the border over the next three months on Saturday, allocating further resources to the border, many of Biden’s policy decisions have directly resulted in spurning the torrent of migrants at the border, such as the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy that required migrants seeking asylum to wait in Mexico until their immigration court date.
As the border continues to crumble under the immense number of migrants, the White House regularly sidesteps calling the situation a crisis.