U.S. President Joe Biden has on Tuesday announced openly that migrants considering leaving their homes, towns, and communities to cross the US-Mexico border should not do it.
Mr. Biden addressed the issue of the crisis at the border in an interview with ABC News, where the host George Stephanopoulos asked, “do you have to say quite clearly, ‘Don’t come’?”
“Yes, I can say quite clearly: Don’t come over. Don’t leave your town or city or community,” Biden said repeatedly.
The number of unaccompanied children and teenagers taken into custody by US authorities at the southern border has shot up in recent weeks, while the number of migrants attempting to crossover into the country kept increasing.
Far above 4,000 migrant kids were being held by Border Patrol as of Sunday, with at least 3,000 of them staying in custody longer than the 72-hour limit set by court order, a US official has revealed to The Associated Press.
Meanwhile, in addition, 561 children were taken into custody on Monday, which’s double the recent average, according to another official.
Addressing the issues whether it was a mistake “not to anticipate this surge,” Biden pushed back, pointing to previous surges under former President Donald Trump.
“First of all, there was a surge in the last two years. In ’19 and ’20, there was a surge, as well.”
The host noted, “This one might be worse,” and Biden quite accepted, “Well, it could be.”
“I heard the other day that they’re coming because they know I’m a nice guy,” Biden said. “Here’s the deal. They’re not.”
Meanwhile, Republicans are arguing that Biden’s policies and legislation have prompted the current surge at the border.
President Joe Biden, last month canceled Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy that required Central American asylum seekers to stay in Mexico while US courts reviewed their claims and demand.