The White House admitted Wednesday that President Joe Biden is guilty of using rhetoric about his intended immigration policy changes that is directly contributing to the surge of illegal immigrants flooding the nation’s southern border.
White House National Security Council adviser Roberta Jacobson stated at the daily press briefing, “Surges tend to respond to hope,” she said. “And there was a significant hope for a more humane policy after four years of, you know, pent-up demand.”
Jacobson also noted the spread of disinformation and mixed messages regarding immigration. She added, “I think what we are doing is making sure that we respond to that hope for people who need protection.”
Jacobson further appeared to place blame on former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. She argued,
Doing so means truly building back better, because we can’t just undo four years of the previous administration’s actions overnight. Those actions didn’t just neglect our immigration system; they intentionally made it worse.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said earlier this month that children sent by “loving parents” from Central America would not be turned away at the border.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki noted this week the Biden administration was to “create an effective, moral, humane system.”
The surge has led to a near-humanitarian crisis, but there appears to be little focus on hope in the nation’s child migrant detention centers. Instead, there is increasing concern regarding how the nation will handle the spike in new immigrants in Biden’s first weeks in office.