House Republicans from border states, including many from Texas, set the Biden government’s immigration policy during a press conference Wednesday.
“For political purposes, it’s perfectly fine to have open borders,” said Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas). “Secure borders are for immigrants, for America, and for our values. And the Biden administration doesn’t care. “
Meanwhile, some Progressive Biden have blamed the conditions under which the immigrant children are held at the border, equating the holding facilities and broader political approach to those of former President Donald Trump’s administration – which are against both the illegal and against legal immigration has taken a hard line into the US
Biden administration officials have claimed their overarching response on the southern border has been hampered by the coronavirus pandemic, Trump’s dismantling of the immigration system and the government’s refusal to turn away migrants – which would force them on a dangerous journey home.
On Wednesday, Jacobson reiterated other government officials who refused to label the southern border a state of crisis. “I’m not trying to be cute here, but I think the fact is we have to do what we do regardless of what anyone calls the situation,” she said.
House Republicans met the Biden administration at the press conference on Wednesday for failing to describe the situation as a crisis.
“The first step in resolving a crisis is to first admit that you have one,” said Rep. Jodey Arrington, R-Texas. “But let’s be clear. Even if you don’t admit it, it doesn’t mean there isn’t a crisis. And the facts on the ground, folks, don’t lie.”
Jacobson also alluded to the widely divergent immigration rhetoric used by Trump and Biden, stressing that the current administration did not see the most extreme anti-migrant messages as the most effective at slowing down travel to the border.
“I think it is really important to understand that this government believes that it cannot and should not be said that the only way to get the ‘don’t come irregular’ message across is to act as cruelly as possible.” She said.
While the Trump administration has pursued controversial measures such as family segregation to deter migrants from traveling to the US, “this administration believes that we can get our message across – that it is a more humane policy – by we’re opening up avenues of legal migration, “Jacobson said.
Jacobson’s remarks on Wednesday were accompanied by the government’s formal reopening of the Central American Minor Program, with state and homeland security ministries attempting to re-establish “qualified children from the Northern Triangle of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras” with their parents bring together or parents who are legally present, “said a spokesman for the US State Department.
“This program offers a safe, legal and orderly alternative to the risks involved in attempting irregular migration to the US,” the spokesman said in a statement. “The US southern border remains closed to irregular migration and we reiterate our warning that people will not attempt this dangerous journey.”
Ben Leonard contributed to this report.