Last week, the administration had announced that it would be putting former President Trump’s refugee cap in place. Biden then followed up that the refugee cap of 15,000 would be revised in May.
When asked about the refugee cap, Biden said, “We’re gonna increase the number. The problem was that the refugee part was working on the crisis that ended up on the border with young people. We couldn’t do two things at once. But now we are gonna increase the number.”
Despite the border crisis escalating and getting worse by the day, Biden and his administration had refused to call it a crisis. But finally, after months of refusing to do so, Biden once again slipped up and admitted the truth.
Because of that, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki once again had to clean up after President Joe Biden.
“President Biden over the weekend called what happened at the border a crisis. Is that now the official White House position—that there is indeed a crisis at the border?” a reporter asked Psaki.
As usual, the press secretary answered in a roundabout way.
“Let me first say that we have made some progress in moving children from out of border patrol facilities into shelters,” Psaki said. “Nearly a thousand unaccompanied minors were transferred out of CBP facilities and into the care of Health and Human Services just this weekend. We still have a lot of work to do, but that is a step forward in our view.”
“The president does not feel that children coming to our border seeking refuge from violence, economic hardships, and other dire circumstances is a crisis,” she continued. “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, our 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.”