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Analysis: Biden has got his first big political crisis that is all his own




When he took power, it seemed in many ways that the United States had nowhere else to go after facing the pandemic and the ensuing economic disaster. But a sudden influx of thousands of children on the U.S.-Mexico border has presented the first emergency to deploy to the new prime minister.
When Biden ran for president, he pledged to abandon the Trump administration’s inhumane immigration policies, including separate children from their parents after crossing the border illegally. Some concluded that Biden would also have a kinder view of asylum and immigration applications, an illusion reinforced by the promises of smugglers.
But the misconception that the United States is now a soft touch is not the only reason so many immigrants arrive on the southern border; last year severe hurricanes it forced hundreds of thousands of Central Americans to evacuate, destroyed livelihoods, and worsened the severe economic conditions of nations plagued by crime and violence.

Facts and truth quickly fade away when it comes to an issue as politically radioactive in the United States as immigration, which launched Donald Trump’s demagogic quest for the White House. Republicans wishing to divert attention from the success of Biden’s Covid-19 rescue bill and the acceleration of vaccination are approaching the border. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy warned that migrants from Yemen, Iran, Sri Lanka and “even” the Chinese were sneaking in, the kind of racial rhetoric designed to scare white Americans who Trump perfected.

The White House it has seemed slow down, refusing to publicly admit that the situation is what it is: a crisis. He now runs staff to the southwest, opens shelters for migrant children and warns at various points of sale, including Spanish-language radio, that people should not rush to the border. But that thousands of children they have been kept in rudimentary U.S. Border Patrol custody facilities, some for many more days than permitted by law, crowded with limited access to showers or sunlight.

More than 100,000 undocumented migrants were caught crossing the border in the last month. Finding out how to deal with them is not as difficult as injecting into the arms of nearly 330 million Americans, but to alleviate a desperate humanitarian crisis – and for his own political good – Biden needs to control the border situation. As fast as possible.