Nancy Pelosi blames President Trump, 'climate change' for migrant surge
Mar 15 2021
The politics of the border are front and center this week, with a visit from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Democrat, to the border Monday to be followed by House votes on two immigration bills that address immigrants who were brought to the United States as children illegally and undocumented farmworkers.
Sunday on ABC News, Pelosi blamed Trump for the growing crisis on the border as more than 4,200 unaccompanied migrant children are in the custody of Customs and Border Protection, with almost 3,000 kids being held longer than the legally allowed 72-hour period.
There were 9,487 unaccompanied minors detained by U.S. Border Patrol in the month of February, a 171 percent increase from the same month in 2020.
"What the administration has inherited is a broken system at the border, and they are working to correct that in the children's interest", the Democratic majority speaker said.
But amid the coronavirus pandemic, the department has been strained trying to accommodate the influx since shelters had until recently been operating under limited capacity.
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in news release that he would deploy the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) "to help receive, shelter and transport the children" over the next 90 days. "I am incredibly proud of the agents of the Border Patrol, who have been working around the clock in hard circumstances to take care of children temporarily in our care".
Some Democrats have also been critical of Biden's handling of the matter, suggesting the detention of families and children in temporary facilities is no better than how Trump handled migrant children during his time in office.
A Homeland Security official previously said the spike in children arriving at the border has drawn a lot of attention and meetings are ongoing "at the highest levels".
The Biden administration turns to FEMA for help managing numbers of unaccompanied immigrant children who are streaming into the US.
The Biden administration has advocated an immigration overhaul that would a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants now residing in the US, and has already reversed some Trump-era restrictions.
At that point, Psaki, who said she wasn't "questioning the data", went on to literally question the data.