House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to the media during an information session on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 11, 2021.
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House President Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said Sunday that the influx of unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border was a “humanitarian crisis” and was the result of former President Donald Trump’s policies.
Pelosi’s remarks come one day after Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of home security, announced that the Federal Agency for Emergency Management would shelter and transfer children arriving at the southern border.
“The Biden government is trying to rectify the broken system left to them by the Trump administration,” Pelosi told reporters on Sunday. “The government of Biden will have a system based on the best possible work, and to understand that it is a humanitarian crisis.”
President Joe Biden’s administration has stopped calling the situation at the border a crisis.
On his first day at the office, Biden ends Trump’s declaration of ’emergency’ at the southern border, which the former president used as a legitimate mechanism to direct extra funds to the construction of a wall.
During a press briefing in the White House earlier this month, Mayorkas told reporters he did not believe the situation at the border was a crisis.
“The answer is no,” the DHS secretary said. “I think there is a challenge at the border that we are managing, and we have dedicated our resources to managing it.”
Biden campaigned for a major reversal of Trump’s tough immigration policy, but a large number of children in the preservation of customs and border protection posed a challenge to the burgeoning government.
More than 3,700 children was in CBP detention last week, CNN reports, a record number, with about 450 being caught every day. Many of the children are being held in facilities that look like prisons, according to the store.
The Trump administration has investigated the treatment of children who wanted to cross into the United States via Mexico.
Republicans tried to portray Democrats as weak in immigration. On Monday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, is expected to travel with a delegation of Republicans to the southern border, Axios reported.
McCarthy has a letter to Biden on March 5, in which he said he was “forced to express great concern about the way your government is approaching this crisis”, adding that he “hopes we can work together to resolve it”.
Earlier Sunday, Pelosi said on ABC’s “This Week” that the rise of unaccompanied children arriving at the border is a humanitarian challenge for all of us.
“What the government has inherited is a broken system at the border, and they are working to rectify it in the best interests of the children,” Pelosi said.
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