April 21, 2021

Biden Admits to Border Crisis, White House Overrides His Statement 

  • Executive

By: Amy Jo Underwood

In Brief:

President Biden and his administration have continually refused to call the border situation a crisis, despite thousands of young illegal immigrants being forced to stay in cramped, unsafe, cage-like facilities. Finally, Biden called it a crisis -- although his administration quickly clarified that it was not the official position of the White House. 

The Background:

The border crisis has caused thousands of young illegal immigrants to be placed in vulnerable situations, including being subjected to sexual abuse, sickness, and overcrowded, cage-like housing. 

Until now, the Biden-Harris administration has refused to acknowledge the existence of a crisis at the border, and Vice President Harris, who has been tasked with handling the situation, has yet to hold a press conference. 

When asked about the cap on refugees admitted to the U.S. and whether it would be expanded, Biden stated, "We're gonna increase the numbers. The problem was that the refugee part was working on the crisis that ended up on the border with young people and we couldn't do two things at once.”

A White House official told CNN, "No, there is no change in position. Children coming to our border seeking refuge from violence, economic hardships and other dire circumstances is not a crisis.” The official stated that Biden was likely referring to the situation in Central America as a crisis. 

Notable Quotes:

"The President does not feel that children coming to our border seeking refuge from violence, economic hardships, and other dire circumstances is a crisis. He does feel that the crisis in Central America -- the dire circumstances that many are fleeing from -- that that is a situation we need to spend our time or effort on and we need to address it if we're going to prevent more of an influx of migrants from coming in years to come.” - White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki

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