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Biden tells migrants not to come to US: ‘Don’t leave your town’




“I can say very clearly: Don’t come,” Biden told ABC in an interview Tuesday.

The president continued, “We are in the process of setting up, don’t leave your town, city or community.”

There has been a significant increase in the number of migrant children in U.S. custody. More than 4,000 migrant children they are in the custody of the Border Patrol, extending little federal resources to obtain shelter. National Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement on Tuesday that “we are on track to meet more people on the southwestern border than in the last 20 years.”

Many of these migrants have headed to the United States believing that the Biden administration will be more welcoming than the tougher stance of its predecessor. The president tried to minimize this perception during the interview and told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that “they will not come” because they think his administration will allow them to stay in the country.

Biden told reporters on Tuesday that he currently has no plans to visit the southern border.

“Not right now,” Biden told the White House Southern press when asked if he had any plans to visit the border.

Presidential visits have the power to draw international attention to emergencies and emerging issues. But while the federal government says it is preparing to meet more people on the southwestern border than the country has seen in the past two decades, Biden and White House officials say it is not planned a visit and repeatedly refused to call what happens at the border a crisis.

During a gaggle aboard Air Force One on Tuesday following Biden’s comments, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked by CNN’s Kevin Liptak why the president has delayed the capture of refugee caps , after the news that hundreds of refugees approved to enter the United States have been withdrawn from flights and told him to wait for Biden to close. Psaki said Biden has delayed raising the current refugee limit because “we want to do it effectively.”

And when asked if Biden was worried that letting more refugees in now would indicate to the people of Central America that the United States is open to more immigration, Psaki reiterated the feeling that the administration wants its actions to be effective.

“I wouldn’t make a direct connection. I’d say it’s just something where we want to make sure our system is prepared to manage the process effectively and smoothly,” he said.

Psaki had said during Monday’s briefing at the White House that there were no plans for a presidential trip to the border, even as Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have embarked on a national tour to promote the Covid relief law. 19 of $ 1.9 trillion.

On Tuesday, he also referred to the situation on the U.S.-Mexico border as a “big problem,” but still declined to call it a “crisis.”

“I would say their focus is on developing solutions, boosting their team, encouraging their team to develop solutions that speed up processing at the border, that will open more facilities that ensure children are treated humanely and are also treated safely “. He had said Psaki.

She added: “And that’s his focus, and that’s why he’s putting his efforts into immigration.”

Biden’s lack of border travel plans occurs as his administration faces growing pressure on his strategy on the U.S.-Mexico border and his administration’s attempts to deal with it. growing number of migrants who believe in it.

Over the weekend, Mayorkas headed the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help receive, accommodate and relocate children.

And on Tuesday he told George Stephanopoulos on ABC that the Biden administration is building capacity to meet the needs of children arriving on the U.S.-Mexico border alone.

“What we are doing is targeting young children who arrive at the border to claim according to the humanitarian laws that our country has established years and years ago. And we are building the capacity to meet the needs of these children when they arrive, but we are also sending an important and critical message that now is not the time to reach the border, ”Mayorkas told ABC.

While the increase in migrants is likely the result of several factors, including the fact that the Biden administration perceives the relaxation of border enforcement, Republicans specifically blame Biden’s policies.

Earlier this week, the House’s minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, of California he called the recent increase in migrants a “Biden border crisis.”

“This crisis is created by the presidential policies of this new administration. There is no other way to claim it than a border crisis with Biden,” McCarthy said during a trip to a border patrol processing center in El Paso , Texas, with 12 other Republicans.

Biden also faces pressure from his own party over his immigration strategy.

Senate Judiciary President Dick Durbin of Illinois, the second Democrat in the House, said Monday that he does not believe there is enough support in this Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration bill with a path to to the citizenship of the 11 million undocumented immigrants. a key pillar of Biden’s immigration plan.

Members of the Democratic House representing the border region have been critical of Biden’s approach to the issue.

“We will not cage or divide families or pluck children from the arms of mothers,” said Democratic Representative Vicente Gonzalez of Texas told CNN’s Abby Phillip on Sunday“But we need an orderly process for migrants who qualify for asylum to apply for asylum in their home country or in a neighboring country or perhaps build a center in southern Mexico where they can be processed there.”
And members of the Biden administration have repeatedly said that migrants should not make the dangerous walk north, but Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas told CNN Monday that what the administration relays “must be a strong message” and that the “message is not transmitted.”

This story and its headline have been updated with additional comments from Biden.