President Joe Biden’s promise of giving 11 million Guatemalan migrants a pathway to citizenship has encouraged thousands to make their way to the southwestern border.
After weeks of playing down the crisis, the Biden administration has finally admitted to the problem. Yesterday, the U.S. Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said that he expects the highest apprehension in 20 years.
What they’re saying:
Yesterday, President Biden spoke in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Goerge Stephanopoulos on the issue.
On the same day, former President Donald J. Trump, the man behind the zero-tolerance policy, responded to Biden’s border crisis on his sit down with Fox News Business host, Maria Bartiromo.
The two interviews illustrate a strong contrast between the current and the former administration’s handling of the border crisis.
Trump expects the situation ‘to get much worse:’
- “Today, they are coming in. You take a look. They are coming in from foreign countries …. They are dropping them off and they are pouring into our country. It is a disgrace.”
- Trump also underlines his relationship with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and their cooperation in building the wall: “We had a very good relationship. They had 28,000 soldiers on our border while we were building the wall … they were also stopping them at their northern border by Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.”
Biden is pleading migrants to turn around: “Don’t come over.”
- 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,” answered Biden.
Why it matters:
- There are 4,200 unaccompanied migrant children in the ‘children facilities,’ or what the mainstream media and Democrats called ‘cages’ during the Trump Administration.
- More than 3,000 children have been held longer than 72 hours, which surpasses the legal limit.
- A migration surge also comes with an increase in criminal activities, including drugs and human trafficking.