White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claims that the Biden administration is squarely on top of the migrant situation. In typical fashion, Jean Pierre chose to gaslight the press and shift the blame on Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott and his policy of making every state a border state.
As such Abbott has bussed illegal migrants to places such as New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. to create pain for their Democratic mayors and city councils.
“What I’m saying is that the president, without the help, without the help of Republicans, is doing everything that he can to deal with the border,” Jean-Pierre said. “While Republicans try to push forth a CR to limit – to take away – the federal agents that we see at the border… they’re trying to politicize it and make it worse,” Jean-Pierre said in response to a question from Fox News correspondent Hillary Vaughn, referencing recent efforts to avert a government shutdown. “That’s what Republicans are trying to do and turn it into a political stunt. The president is actually dealing with the issue that’s in front of him by getting record funding, 25,000 federal agents at the border. That is something that this president has been able to do.”
Jean-Pierre claimed that Biden has “moved forward” on deporting illegal migrants by deploying additional troops and federal agents to the border. She claimed that the Biden administration removed “more than 250,000 individuals since May 12 alone.”
Border Patrol, Communities Overwhelmed
But that is not stemming the human tide created by the perception in Latin America that Joe Biden opened the border. San Diego County, Calif.’s board of supervisors voted to seek additional federal resources to confront the tide. The Border Patrol reports being “severely overwhelmed” even as an estimated 80,000 migrants make their way to the U.S.-Mexico border.
U.S. Border Patrol Agent RJ Rippel told San Diego’s KUSI News that migrants pay the drug cartels between $5,000 and $20,000 per person to get smuggled into the U.S.
Border Patrol facilities are overwhelmed to the point they have to release detained migrants. The migrants then are given a hearing date with an administrative judge and released into the community. Many never show up.
Just released video shows a tide of hundreds of migrants rushing across the border near El Paso.
“Border Patrol Agents are encountering large groups of migrants from Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia, & other nationalities,” Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez wrote on X last week, noting that 1,800 were intercepted near an El Paso golf course alone.
El Paso’s mayor issued a cry for help last month.
“The city of El Paso only has so many resources and we have come to … a breaking point right now,” Mayor Oscar Leeser said at a news conference.
Latin American Countries Feeling Crushed By Migrant Tide
The Biden administration has done next to nothing, however, to stem the human tide from South America that is also putting the crunch on poor Central American nations such as Panama and Costa Rica. Over 400,000 migrants have made their way from Colombia into Panama via the Darien Gap along their shared border. That’s more than the 248,000 who entered last year.
Costa Rica receives 3,000 migrants daily. Almost all of them hope to eventually reach the United States.
Guatemalan President Blames Biden
Guatemala’s president puts the blame for the humanitarian disaster squarely on Joe Biden’s shoulders.
“Well, humanitarian messages were used here by the coyotes in a distorted manner because what they said over there was that they will promote family reunification,” President Alejandro Giammattei told Fox News in July, appearing to refer to Biden’s messaging on immigration during the campaign. “So the coyotes came and took the children and the teenagers to the United States and the borders were full, not only with people from Guatemala, but with a lot of people from all over,” he continued. “Which is why our proposal is that messages should be clear.”
“The vice president sent a clear message yesterday of ‘Do not come because we will not let you in.’ That’s a clear message — but if you have a lukewarm message, it only creates the opportunity to misinterpret.”
The Biden White House denies the border is open and that a crisis exists, but authorities on both sides of the border know better.
John Rossomando is a defense and counterterrorism analyst and served as Senior Analyst for Counterterrorism at The Investigative Project on Terrorism for eight years. His work has been featured in numerous publications such as The American Thinker, The National Interest, National Review Online, Daily Wire, Red Alert Politics, CNSNews.com, The Daily Caller, Human Events, Newsmax, The American Spectator, TownHall.com, and Crisis Magazine. He also served as senior managing editor of The Bulletin, a 100,000-circulation daily newspaper in Philadelphia, and received the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors first-place award for his reporting.
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