White House Continues To Defend Failed Border Response

In two different interviews yesterday, both White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki were both pressed about the Administration’s failed response to the border crisis. Bedingfield continued to perpetuate the false claim that the surge in migrants flooding the border is “cyclical,” while Psaki argued that border is “closed,” and defended the lack of media transparency:

  •  ABC News: “Kate Bedingfield calls migrant surge a ‘cyclical issue'”
  • The New York Post: “White House aide downplays migrant surge as normal springtime rise”
  • Breitbart: “W.H. Comms Dir. Bedingfield: Migrant Surge at Border a ‘Cyclical Issue’”
  • Fox News: “Chris Wallace rips Psaki for not allowing reporters at the southern border”
  • Townhall: “Press Sec. Jen Psaki Claims Admin. ‘Absolutely Committed to Transparency’ Despite Media Blackout”
  • The Blaze: “Chris Wallace blasts Jen Psaki over border crisis, media blackout: ‘Less transparent than Trump'”

The White House’s talking point that the surge in migrants is cyclical has been repeatedly debunked. The data from the CBP shows that illegal border crossings in February, 2021 increased 173% from February, 2020 and they have increased 28% from January, 2021 when President Biden signed executive orders that eliminated border security policies. On top of that, the Administration has said that they expected the number of unaccompanied minors coming to the southern border to dramatically increase in the coming weeks and months:

  • WSJ: “Border Crossings by Migrant Children to Rise Sharply, U.S. Estimates Show”
  • WaPo: “Family groups crossing border in soaring numbers point to next phase of crisis”
  • CNN: “Number of migrant children in federal custody jumps by nearly a thousand in one day”
  • Axios: “Scoop: Kids’ border surge expected to last 7+ months”

Until this month, the previous record of unaccompanied children crossing the border was 11,475 in May, 2019. While the February, 2021 total was over 16,000, the CBP projects that number could spike to as high as 26,000 in the coming months.

Already, more than 18,000 immigrant children are in government custody, with roughly 12,500 of them in child shelters and another 5,500 are being held in temporary Border Patrol holding facilities waiting to be transferred to shelters. This comes as new photos and videos reveal the overcrowded conditions along the border, despite the Administration’s best efforts to impose a media blackout.

We know that the some of these migrants are being released without court dates, including ones who have tested positive for COVID-19, and The Wall Street Journal reports that the Administration is planning to continue releasing children before their sponsors’ background checks have been completed.

What’s clear is that the number of migrants coming to the border is only going to increase, and that is a direct result of President Biden’s rhetoric and policies. Parents of these migrants have said that they are sending their children to the border because they heard President Biden say that they will not be deported or turned away, and the executive orders he has signed will weaken our border security and encourage more people to unlawfully attempt to enter the United States.

Instead of reversing these bad policies, the Biden Administration’s only proposed solution, which Kate Bedingfield reiterated this weekend, is to send more money to – possibly billions – to the Northern Triangle countries to purportedly stop the “root causes” of this migration. However, this Marshall Plan for Central America will only waste more American tax dollars, will take years to actually make an impact, and won’t stop the ongoing crisis. On top of those points, recent reports show that dumping huge sums of taxpayer-money into these countries with no accountability or safeguards does nothing stop or slow illegal immigration.

In an editorial published this weekend, The New York Post outlined not only how the Biden Administration is deliberately misleading the country about the border crisis, but also explained why their policies are responsible for the crisis in the first place:

  • NY Post (Editorial): “Everything Biden and his top people are saying about the border is a bald-faced lie”