After months of his administration downplaying chaos at the southern US border which started after the 2020 election, President Biden has finally admitted that what's happening is indeed a 'crisis.'
In Saturday comments during an off-the-cuff Q&A with reporters in Wilmington, Deleware after his first game of golf as president, Biden said: We’re going to increase the number [of refugees allowed into the country]," adding "The problem was that the refugee part was working on the crisis that ended up on the border with young people," according to the New York Post.
"We couldn't do two things at once," he added. "But now we are going to increase the number."
Did Biden just admit it was a “crisis”?— Benny (@bennyjohnson) April 17, 2021
Oh man, Kamala Heiress is not going to be happy.
The Post translates:
In his somewhat garbled comment, Biden seemed to be saying that the strain of handling the influx of migrant children has overtaxed the nation’s immigration authorities — making it impossible for them to handle an increase in authorized refugees as well.
On Friday, hours after Biden signed an executive order retaining the Trump administration’s 15,000-person cap on refugee admissions for this year, White House press secretary Jen Psaki issued a hasty announcement saying that the White House will unveil an undisclosed higher cap on May 15.
The sudden switcheroo came after progressive Democrats, led by Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), excoriated the initial decision on social media.
By using the word "crisis" - possibly on accident - Biden has now given the press tomatoes to pelt White House spox Jen Psaki during Q&A, after the administration avoided using the term for months.
In March alone, 172,000 migrants were arrested after illegally entering the United States - a 15-year record which has overwhelmed US Customs and Border Patrol.
Perhaps Biden shouldn't have promised illegal migrants the world during the 2020 US election. Virtue signaling has consequences.