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Number of Children Arriving at Border Higher Than Expected: White House

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that the number of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border was higher than the Biden administration had anticipated. Psaki made the remarks at a briefing at which she was asked to clarify the administration’s position on maintaining a Trump-era refugee cap of 15,000 admissions until May […]

Blinken Defends Biden’s Decision to Maintain Trump-Era Refugee Caps Until May

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, in an interview with ABC on Sunday, defended the Biden administration’s decision to maintain Trump-era refugee caps amid capacity constraints. “It’s going to be very hard to meet the 62,000 this fiscal year,” Blinken said of the Biden administration’s earlier goal for refugee admissions, after being asked about Friday’s directive to keep […]

Rep. Cuellar Says Border Surge ‘Not Seasonal,’ Proposes ‘Push and Pull’ Policy Mix as Solution

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) said on Monday that he does not believe the border surge is a seasonal phenomenon, in contrast to the notion put forward by the White House that the recent spike in illegal immigration was part of a regular pattern. In March, a sharp rise in illegal border crossings accounted for the […]

McCarthy: Cash Payments to Central America Insults Millions of Jobless Americans

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said Friday that President Joe Biden’s plans to send cash to Central American countries is an insult to the millions of unemployed Americans. Southern border coordinator for the White House Roberta Jacobson first told Reuters last week that the Biden administration is considering the plans as part of a move […]

Democrats Rebuff GOP Calls for Public Hearings on Border Crisis

Top Senate Democrats have rebuffed a GOP request to hold an ad hoc public hearing on the border crisis and to question Department of Homeland Security (DHS) leadership, saying that the annual DHS oversight hearing that will be scheduled “in due course” will provide an opportunity for Republicans to question administration officials about the situation […]

Arizona AG Says Kamala Harris Hasn’t Responded to His Invitation to Visit the Border

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said Thursday that Vice President Kamala Harris has not responded to his invitation to tour the southern border, criticizing the lack of response and insisting that the situation along the border is a “humanitarian crisis on so many levels.” “I guess if you were a philosopher you would say no […]

Manchin Floats Idea of 90-Day Immigration Moratorium to Send Message and Ease Border Surge

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on Thursday called for urgent action to resolve the “humanitarian crisis” along the border, and floated the idea of a 90-day moratorium on immigration as a way of sending a message that would discourage people from flooding the region trying to enter the United States illegally. Manchin, who was one of […]

Former Chief Patrol Agents Write to Congress Asking for Help With Border Crisis

Eleven ex-chief border patrol officials wrote a letter to Congress, asking them to address the border crisis. “On behalf of retired Chiefs of the United States Border Patrol, we write with grave concern regarding the current crisis on the southwest border. It is time to address our broken immigration system as well as the push and […]

Abbott Blames Biden for Turning ‘Humanitarian Crisis’ Along Border Into ‘Complete Disaster’

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has ramped up his criticism of President Joe Biden for what he said were policies that turned the “humanitarian crisis” along the southern border into a “complete disaster.” Abbott made the remarks in a statement Friday and an accompanying message on Twitter. “The Biden Admin. has turned a humanitarian crisis into […]

Biden’s Rhetoric on Immigration Fueling Humanitarian and Security Crisis: Rep. Babin

Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) said Friday that President Joe Biden’s rhetoric was fueling what he described as a humanitarian and national security crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. After taking office, President Joe Biden rushed to end some border policies of his predecessor, proposed a pathway to citizenship for millions of people in the United States […]