“He’s basically saying the United States won’t secure our border, and that’s a big welcome sign for migrants from around the world,” Cotton said.
Cotton’s comments underscored the political pressure that mounted on Biden to meet the growing numbers of migrants reaching the southern border. U.S. border officials arrested more than 100,000 people in February, up 28 percent from January.
A repeated point made by Mayorkas on Sunday was that the Trump administration, which took a hard line on border policies, was to blame for “dismantling the orderly, humane and efficient way of dealing with migrant children.” Mayorkas said the US has expelled families and adults but is not rejecting “young, vulnerable children.” He said the US is working to resolve the problem with Mexico and the Central American countries from which asylum seekers come.
Cotton said Biden should adopt the Trump administration’s policies to address the situation on the border.
Cotton said Biden should reintroduce a “public health restriction” that he was lifting from minors reaching the border. Cotton said Biden should also join Trump-era policies aimed at keeping asylum seekers pending in Mexico and forcing migrants to file asylum applications in the first country they travel through.
“Joe Biden could reintroduce all of these three things this week if he wanted to,” Cotton said.