President Biden on Tuesday defended his mastery of the US-Mexico border crisis by claiming record numbers of illegal border crossings are due to people “fleeing communism” — despite the fact that most migrants are not.
Biden spoke after U.S. Customs and Border Protection said about 158,000 migrants were detained in August, bringing the number 11 months so far for fiscal 2022 to more than 2.15 million.
Biden invoked “communism” despite the fact that only 35% of migrants left the authoritarian socialist governments of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela in August.
“There are fewer immigrants from Central America and Mexico. This is a completely different circumstance,” Biden said at the White House when a reporter asked why “the border” [is] more overwhelmed under your supervision.”
“What now stands on my guard is Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua,” Biden claimed. “And the ability to send them back to those states is not rational.”
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre also attributed the influx of migrants to “communism” — rather than to “pull” factors linked to Biden’s more relaxed border policies.
“These people are fleeing communism,” said Jean-Pierre. “The declining authoritarian regimes in Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba are creating a new migration challenge in the Western Hemisphere. So what we’re seeing is a new pattern.”
“Meanwhile, migration from Mexico and northern Central America has fallen for three consecutive months and has fallen by almost half, and we saw the increase with Nicaragua, Venezuela and Cuba increase by 121%,” she told reporters.
The August data brought the number of border crossings between the US and Mexico to more than 2 million for the first recorded fiscal year. In fiscal year 2021, there were about 1.7 million detentions at the border, up from about 460,000 in 2020 and 980,000 in 2019.
Data for fiscal 2022 shows that migrants from Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela are indeed more numerous, but they still only account for part of the increase at the border.
In the past 11 months, about 154,000 Venezuelans, 195,000 Cubans and 146,000 Nicaraguans were found on the southwestern border, together accounting for less than 23% of the 2.15 million migrants so far in fiscal 2022, according to data from the Dutch DPA.
If we take all migrants from the three socialist countries from the counts, there were 1.43 million migrants at the border in the first 11 months of fiscal 2021 and 1.66 million in the first 11 months of fiscal 2022 – meaning the border crisis worsened somewhat, even without taking into account the tidal wave of migrants from those countries.
Republicans blame Biden’s policies, including his decision to end the Trump administration’s “Stay in Mexico” policy, which forced asylum seekers at the US-Mexico border to stay in Mexico while US courts assessed their claims of prosecution.
Biden has also eased a COVID-19 pandemic policy used by Trump officials to quickly evict most people who have illegally crossed the border.
A Texas lawmaker threw cold water on the White House, claiming that a wave of migrants from Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua is responsible for the wave and not Biden’s lax policies.
“I understand what he (Biden) is saying, but in the end it’s because our borders are open and we’re allowing it to continue is why they’re coming. Those people always had the same problem. The only thing that has changed is the man in charge,” Val Verde County Commissioner Robert Beau Nettleton told The Post.
He said many migrants simply abuse the asylum system to enter the US.
“The asylum procedure does not mean that you send 20,000 (people) across the river at once and say that I want asylum. That’s not the process. The process is you walk to a port of entry and apply for asylum, or you do it at an embassy in your country,” Nettleton said.
“We need to get our immigration system under control. We have to close the border,” he warned.
Republicans have long argued that Biden’s dismantling of former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies amounted to putting up welcome signs at the border.
sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) said the president “lied” to the American people about border security, pointing out that his policies created the conditions at the border that led to the immigration crisis.
“Democracy depends on the mutual acceptance of rules, norms and institutions. President Biden’s southern border policy has undermined that principle. He has completely opened up the southern border and he has looked the American people in the eye, and he has lied and said the border has been closed,” Kennedy told Fox News on Tuesday.
Jean-Pierre acknowledged the historic number of migrants encountered on the southern border, but said those who had no legal reason to enter the US were expelled before criticizing Republicans for not heeding the government’s calls for immigration reform, claiming the changes are needed to fix a system destroyed by the Trump administration.
“We have solutions. We brought solutions on day one of this administration. The president has been very clear that he has introduced an immigration bill and a comprehensive immigration bill,” she said.
“And what we would like to see is Republicans decide to come to the table and help us deal with a real systemic problem that we’ve seen for decades when it comes to our immigration system, which, by the way, was actually mismanaged and decimated by the last government,” said Jean-Pierre.
She went on to denounce it as a “political stunt” that flew the migrants of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard last week to illustrate the fallout from the Biden administration’s lax border policies.
The White House is also monitoring reports that DeSantis, a Republican, is sending a planeload of migrants to the president’s vacation home in Delaware.
Nettleton said the same migration pattern will continue until the Biden administration does something to end it.
“This will continue as long as we have the administration we have. Nothing is going to change because there is no desire to stop it. Until you start deporting everyone who has crossed the river, it will stop at that point,” he said. he.