President Biden Describes Border Surge as a ‘Crisis’ in Defense of Refugee Moves
By Fox News // April 17, 2021
Biden described the situation at the border as a "crisis" for the first time
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(FOX NEWS) – President Biden on Saturday described the situation at the border as a “crisis” for the first time, as he defended his administration’s walkback on refugee policy a day earlier.
“We’re going to increase the number [of refugees],” he told reporters. “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.”
Biden’s administration has until now refused to call the dramatic spike in migrant numbers, which saw 172,000 migrant encounters in March alone, a “crisis.” Instead, it has referred to it as a “challenge” and blamed it on the Trump administration’s dismantling of asylum paths.
“The men and women of the Department of Homeland Security are working around the clock seven days a week to ensure that we do not have a crisis at the border — that we manage the challenge, as acute as the challenge is,” DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said last month.
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