White House Downplays Unprecedented Border Surge, Insists Situation is Routine

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The White House says that the current surge in migrants at the border is a “seasonal surge” and nothing to be worried about.

Katherine Jean-Pierre, press secretary, said: “What we are seeing at the border is the increased flow of migration, and it certainly ebbs, flows, and peaks.” “We’re in a season where there are more migrants at the border. It’s not uncommon. The immigration system has been broken for decades. The president took this issue very seriously and has tried to do more.” “That’s why the President put forward the comprehensive immigration policy legislation on the first day.”

There’s absolutely nothing “unusual”, even though in the past three months, 10,000 arrests per day have been made at “border encounters”.

You can move on…

Already, the 8,000 to 10,000 migrant caravan which began moving Sunday is showing signs of slowing down. For small children and elderly people, a 1,000-mile trek is quite a distance. The New York Times reported that there are no longer more than 2,000 people walking toward the Southern border.

The rest of the walkers are still in Mexico. Most of the walkers take a bus to the border or get a ride.

Two hours were spent by a U.S. delegation, which included Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Homeland Security Chief Alejandro Mayorkas. Intelligence officials also spoke with Mexican officials including President Andres Manual Lopez Obrador.

They did nothing.

“President Lopez Obrador underscored the commitment of Biden to pursue a regular, orderly, and secure migration. He stressed the importance of continuing diplomatic and political engagements with all countries in this region as well as investing in ambitious development programs across the entire hemisphere.

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The joint statement stated that “the two countries reaffirmed existing commitments to fostering an orderly and humane migration.” They also pledged to strengthen “our partnership in addressing the root causes of immigration, such as poverty and inequality, democratic decline and violence and the two countries initiative for Cubans.

“Ongoing Cooperation also includes enhanced efforts to disrupt human trafficking and criminal networks and continue the work to promote illegal migration routes instead of legal migration pathways.” Both delegations also agreed that it was important to maintain and facilitate the vital bilateral trade along our shared border.

In the statement, it was noted that US and Mexico officials had “discussed benefits of regularizing the status of long-term Hispanic migrants who have been undocumented for a long time and DACA recipients. They are an important part of the US society and economy” — suggesting that the Biden administration may try again to pass legislation to create a path to citizenship both for adult illegal immigrants as well as those brought into the US when they were children.

Even whispering the word “amnesty”, would cause a stampede at the border. Any administration official who brings up this possibility should be fired.

The meeting was completely unproductive. The meeting was so poor that the usual blather about common goals and hope for a better future was almost non-existent. So long as Lopez Obrador continues to use migration as a safety valve for his failing economy and drug cartels profit from human trafficking there will not be a slowdown in the illegal border crossings.