Reversals, walk backs, confusion, the blame game and corrections by the Biden administration begs the question who, if anyone, is running our country and setting policy regarding our border?
First, President Biden released a memo stating he would keep the “Trump-era” cap of refugees allowed into the U.S.A. Shortly thereafter he was excoriated by his own party for his actions and to no one’s surprise, he walked that back.
Press Sec. Jen Psaki later stated the order was “the subject of some confusion.” By the end of the week he increased the cap to 62K. What he failed to address is a backlog of 120,000+ refugees throughout the world already on a list for possible resettlement in the U.S. (WSJ)
I have no idea what Biden meant in response to a reporter’s question related to refugees that “The problem was that the refugee part was working on the crisis that ended up on the border with young people…We couldn’t do two things at once. But now we are going to increase the number.”
What I did understand is for the first time since the crisis began Biden finally admitted we have a crisis at the border.
As I write this, Sec. of State Antony Blinken said it will be ‘“very hard to meet” President Biden’s pledge to resettle 62,000 refugees…’ You guessed it. They’re blaming it on President Trump.
On March 24 th President Biden tapped VP Harris to replace Roberta Jacobson, Biden’s Southern Border Coordinator. Harris duty is to stop migration from Central America, as the United States “deals with a surge of unaccompanied minors crossing its southern border…because she’s the most qualified person to do it.”
To date Harris has not visited our southern border nor has she held a press conference letting the American people know what her responsibilities are or what strategies she intends to employ to deal with the border crisis.
She has, though, made a phone call to Guatemalan Pres. in which she essentially reiterated Biden’s comments earlier to Guatemalan Pres. but she had no new ideas and no plans on an approach to the crisis. The closest we’ve gotten to understanding Biden’s approach to the crisis was a statement he made on national news stating “We’re in the process of getting set up…Don’t leave your town or city or community.”
Could the “process of setting up” be the hiring of Katie Tobin to serve on Biden’s National Security Council as Sr. Dir. For Transborder Security? She is an expert on asylum seekers and refugees. Her resume is long and impressive but she has absolutely no border security experience.
She was an immigration associate who provided legal representation in immigration matters; she was a refugee officer at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS); she worked at the DOJ as a judicial clerk; she worked for Senators Durbin and Kennedy preparing legislative proposals and finally she was an immigration/refugee caseworker. How does this qualify her to resolve the crisis at our southern border?
To add to the confusion at the border Jen Psaki misled reporters by stating the Biden administration “forged a deal” with Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico to increase their military presence at their borders.
The Guatemalan government denied there was any signed agreement with the United States.
Honduras Foreign Affairs Minister said “there was no commitment on the part of the Honduran delegation to put soldiers on the border.”
The Mexican government said they were increasing military presence at their borders slightly and pointed out that the crisis is a result of Biden’s policies.
Mexican President AMLO stated “Expectations were created that with the government of President Biden, there would be a better treatment of migrants. And this has caused Central American migrants, and also from our country, wanting to cross the border thinking that it is easier to do so”during a press conference in March.
Our own State Department spokeswoman disputed a White House claim that President Biden had secured agreements with Central American countries to address the border crisis.
If you’ve ever been in a car accident and dealt with a whiplash, welcome to the Biden administration.
Author: Barbara Carrasco
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