On ABC’s ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos, the Speaker made it clear who she thinks is responsible for the migrant surge.
“Let’s talk about the situation at the border,” Stephanopoulos began. “We’ve seen a huge surge in migrants crossing the border since January. The number of children in custody, higher than it was than its 2019 peak during the Trump Administration. The conditions were called unacceptable. She was there on Friday. Is she right? What more must be done?”
“I’m sorry. I didn’t hear who you said,” Pelosi said with a twitch.
“Veronica Escobar,” he reminded her.
“Yes, our colleague from representing El Paso, and yes, it is,” she replied. “The — actually, the facts of these, there are more children, about 600, 700 more children, unaccompanied children coming over the border. This is a humanitarian challenge to all of us.”
“What the administration has inherited is a broken system at the border, and they are working to correct that in the children’s interest,” Pelosi said. “I’m so pleased that the president as a temporary measure has sent FEMA to the border to help facilitate the children going from one 72-hour issue where they are cared for as they are transferred into family homes or homes that are safe for them to be. So this, again, is a transition for what was wrong before to what is right.”
According to Pelosi’s argument, Biden issuing an executive order to limit ICE’s ability to arrest and detain illegal immigrants is improving the border situation. So is restoring DACA and reducing the screening protocols for sponsor families. So is halting all progress on the construction of a wall at the southern border.
“Of course, we have to also look to Central America, Mexico and the rest,” Pelosi continued. “The corruption, the violence, all of that. My most recent trip to the northern triangle, that would be Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador.”
Even more ludicrously, she also blamed “climate change.”
“You saw the impact of climate change,” she said. “These people were leaving because of the drought. They couldn’t farm— and they were seeking other ways to survive.”
“There are many reasons to go into this, but the fact we have to deal with it at the border, and some of the people coming there are seeking asylum, and I always like to quote our friends in the evangelical movement, at one of our hearings we had before the majority of the representatives said to us, ‘the United States refugee resettlement program is the crowned jewel of American humanitarianism’ So we have certain responsibilities that we must honor. We have to have a system that accommodates that, and that is what the Biden administration is in the process of doing.”
The Biden administration shoulders the blame for the border crisis
Nearly 30,000 unaccompanied minors crossed the southern border in February, close to the total number of unaccompanied minors who crossed last year. Meanwhile, more than 100,000 people were apprehended crossing the border illegally last month, an increase of 28 percent from January.
Meanwhile, Biden has scrapped several of the Trump administration’s border policies, including the “Remain in Mexico” policy, which required that migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. cross back over the border and wait in Mexico until their immigration court date.
Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy (LA) said Sunday that the Biden administration shoulders the blame “entirely” for the border crisis, and warned that the current situation is dangerous for migrant children.
“When people think they can get in, they begin sending their unaccompanied child across Mexico, where she may be kidnapped and trafficked,” Cassidy said on Fox News.