Speaker of your home Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to the media during a briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 11, 2021.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Sunday said that the increase of unaccompanied children reaching the U.S.-Mexico border was a “humanitarian crisis” and the result of the policies of previous President Donald Trump.
Pelosi’s remarks came one day after Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency will begin safeguarding and moving kids who reach the southern border.
” The Biden administration is attempting to repair the broken system that was delegated them by the Trump administration,” Pelosi informed reporters Sunday. “The Biden administration will have a system, based on doing the very best possible task, understanding this is a humanitarian crisis.”
President Joe Biden’s administration has actually stopped short of calling the scenario on the border a crisis.
On his very first day in office, Biden ended Trump’s declaration of an “emergency” at the southern border, which the former president had actually used as a legal system to divert additional funds towards the building of a wall.
During a press rundown at the White House earlier this month, Mayorkas told reporters that he did not think the situation on the border was a crisis.
” The response is no,” the DHS secretary stated. “I believe there is a challenge at the border that we are handling, and we have our resources dedicated to managing it.”
Biden campaigned on a wholesale turnaround of Trump’s hardline migration policies, however a swelling number of children in Customs and Border Protection custody has actually postured an obstacle for the nascent administration.
More than 3,700 kids were in CBP custody as of last week, reported, a record number, with about 450 being captured every day. Many of those kids are being held in facilities that look like prisons, according to the outlet.
The Trump administration faced scrutiny for its treatment of children who tried to cross into the U.S. through Mexico.
Republicans have looked for to depict Democrats as weak on immigration. On Monday, Home Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is expected to travel with a delegation of Republicans to the southern border, Axios reported.
McCarthy wrote a letter to Biden on March 5 in which he said he felt “compelled to reveal fantastic interest in the way in which your administration is approaching this crisis” and included that he had “hope that we can interact to resolve it.”
Earlier on Sunday, Pelosi stated on ABC’s “Today” that the surge in unaccompanied kids getting to the border was “a humanitarian obstacle to everybody.”
“What the administration has inherited is a damaged system at the border, and they are working to remedy that in the children’s interest,” Pelosi said.