White House: Joe Biden has done more for immigration than anybody else – The White House recently asserted that President Joe Biden has done more than anybody in addressing the country’s immigration problems, particularly at the border between the U.S. and Mexico, which has seen tens of thousands of would-be migrants hoping for a chance to cross into America.
“The president has done more to secure the border and to deal with this issue of immigration than anybody else,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters during a press briefing in Washington D.C.
Jean-Pierre also touted the Biden administration’s most recent accomplishments in immigration, which she said included a sharp decline in illegal border crossings due to “programs the president has put forth”.
The White House press secretary added, “We have a record number of federal agents and officers – more than 24,000 – working to secure the border because of the funding this president secured.” Jean-Pierre said that the president has managed to secure “record funding” to better secure the country’s borders as well as expand the legal pathway to citizenship.
Jean-Pierre also cited the international partnerships the president forged, which help heads of state collectively address immigration issues. “We brought 21 world leaders, to the West Coast, as you can remember, together for the first time ever to deal with this issue in a regional way, because of the alliances this president has put forth,” she said.
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The White House also chastised Republican lawmakers whom Jean-Pierre said have repeatedly refused to work with the administration on immigration, accusing them of constantly making immigration issues a “political stunt’.
Some have even used the situation at the border as an impetus to file resolutions to impeach President Biden, such as Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene and Colorado Representative Lauren Boebert, who each have competing resolutions seeking to oust the current chief executive.
Jean-Pierre admitted that the U.S. immigration system has been “broken” for “decades and decades”.
Still, he said that the Biden administration needs bipartisan support to help address the problems that plague it.
“But they keep turning it into a political stunt,” Jean-Pierre said of Republicans in the House and Senate. “While he’s (the president) taking steps, on his own (on immigration reform), Republicans have made this an incredibly political issue. They have turned this into political stunts that we’ve seen over and over again.”
“We want to do this in a bipartisan way,” the White House press secretary said, “But Republicans refuse to do that.”
Republicans aren’t alone in their criticism of the government’s actions (or lack thereof) on immigration. New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently blasted the Biden administration on immigration during an interview with the New York Times.
“Immigration is arguably this administration’s weakest issue,” AOC said, and, while admitting that she has not yet visited the border recently, said that the Joe Biden administration should listen to proposals by fellow Democrats and be less concerned over how Republicans would react to new immigration policies and reform.
Tim Ramos has written for various publications, corporations, and organizations – covering everything from finance, politics, travel, entertainment, and sports – in Asia and the U.S. for more than 10 years.
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