(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — As the border crisis worsens, presenting a major challenge to the Biden administration, the president sat down for an exclusive interview with ABC News about the plans to mollify the growing concern. The interview aired on Good Morning America Wednesday.
President Joe Biden said his message to migrants is “Don’t come over.”
“Yes, I can say quite clearly: Don’t come over,” the president doubled down. “Don’t leave your town or city or community.”
The interview comes as border control officials report a stark rise in unaccompanied minors arriving at the border, most in their mid-teens, however — some migrants are as young as one.
President Biden was adamant that “we’re sending back people” who cross the border.
While Biden’s administration says the crisis was fueled by the prior administration’s dismantlement of border policy, Republicans say otherwise.
GOP Senator John Cornyn claimed the crisis could cause irreparable harm to the current customs and border control infrastructure, saying on the Senate floor this week, “Unless action is taken to stem the flow of migrants across the border that Category 5 hurricane is going to break the entire system.”
When questioned about the recent surge in migrants, President Biden said the numbers are on par with the surges witnessed in 2019 and 2020.
However, the president allowed that the 2021 surge “could be” worse than the prior two.
“The idea that Joe Biden said, ‘Come’ — because I heard the other day that they’re coming because they know I’m a nice guy,” he said. “Here’s the deal, they’re not.”
Accounts from border control stated that there was more than 4,200 children in custody, up from about 3,400 earlier in the week — a 25 percent increase.
The numbers reflect the surges seen in 2018-2019, where six migrant children died in U.S. custody.