Politics Jen Psaki Says Reopening Migrant Facility for Children Was 'Best Decision,' Amid Criticism
WH Press Secretary Says Teacher Vaccinations Not Required to Reopen Schools
'The CDC guidelines are guidelines. They are not requirements,' Jen Psaki said.Psaki was asked during her regular press briefing whether the Biden administration is sharing the message with teachers that a coronavirus vaccination is not necessary for teachers to return to the classroom, in line with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Biden administration continues to reject accusations that its recent action toward migrant children is anything like President's immigration policies.
"It's absolutely not the same thing," White House press secretarytold in an interview Thursday on The View.
Jen Psaki Continues to Defend Neera Tanden as Susan Collins Adds Fresh Wound to Nomination
The White House press secretary has again described Neera Tanden as an "accomplished policy expert," after lawmakers have come out in opposition to her nomination.Tanden has been criticized for previous comments made towards figures from both sides of the aisle on social media. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) previously referred to this when he outlined he would not support Tanden, as did Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) as she also confirmed she would not vote in favor of her appointment to the role. These positions heighten the chances of there not being enough votes to see Tanden confirmed.
to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shelters on Tuesday alone—a rate that's higher than the 30-day average of children referred in 2019 under Trump.
McCain then pressed Psaki, asking why a Texas facility that operated under Trump for only a month in September 2019 was reportedly reactivated temporarily byto hold as many as 700 children ages 13 to 17, especially given that the president and Vice President have
"We are not ripping children from the arms of their parents. That is horrible and immoral and something we saw in the last administration," Psaki told McCain.
Meghan McCain grills Psaki on 'hypocrisy' over migrant children facility
Co-host of The View Meghan McCain questioned White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on the reopening of a migrant children facility saying it's a hypocritical move considering President Biden's criticism of former President Trump's use of the facility. "There's criticism all the way around including from people within your own party like AOC and I think there's just a lot of people that see this as hypocrisy and that it's sort of just potato"There's criticism all the way around including from people within your own party like AOC and I think there's just a lot of people that see this as hypocrisy and that it's sort of just potato potato.
Psaki added that the Biden administration has struggled with how to "humanely" treat unaccompanied minors who have fled conflict in their home countries and are arriving at the border amid a pandemic.
.@PressSec defends Biden admin’s decision to reopen a migrant facility for unaccompanied children, telling @TheView it’s “absolutely not the same” as Trump’s policy and was “best decision” to “keep these kids safe”: “We are not ripping children from the arms of their parents.” pic.twitter.com/OFFOV7ty7C— The View (@TheView) February 25, 2021
The U.S. has seen an influx of arrivals of unaccompanied minors, who are often escaping poverty and violence in their home countries, according to data from the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). A concern for the children's safety reportedly compelled the Biden administration to reopen and "revamp" the Texas facility to offer medical, education and legal services for migrant children who have arrived in the U.S.
Allegations against Cuomo need to be carefully investigated, Biden's press secretary says
"There should be an independent review looking into these allegations," Jen Psaki said.The remarks from the president’s top spokesperson came after Lindsey Boylan, a candidate for Manhattan borough president who formerly worked for Cuomo and the state’s economic development agency, revealed in a blog post Wednesday that the governor had kissed her without her consent and asked her to play strip poker.
"This is incredibly difficult, it's heart-wrenching...but this is the best decision we felt we could make to keep these kids safe and get them into the right places and right homes," Psaki said.
McCain followed up by asking Psaki to further clarify if children were being detained in separate facilities. The press secretary's response didn't deny that the children were being sent to different facilities: "This is kids going to a facility, run by HHS."
McCain's question concerned whether Biden has taken steps similar to Trump's regarding migrant children. In 2018, Trump's Justice Department announced awhich required authorities to detain and criminally charge all adults entering the U.S. without authorization, leading to law enforcement separating minors from parents or guardians, who had to wait for trials. The CFR reported that at least 4,300 migrant families were separated from June 2017 to June 2018.
But Biden's plan looks much different. He officially ended Trump's zero-tolerance policy last month and took executive action to reform the national immigration system, including creating a task force to reunite families affected by the policy.
Get over it, the media isn't going to give Joe Biden a free ride (Opinion)
Joe Lockhart writes in response to progressive criticism that the media is being too harsh on President Joe Biden and his new administration, as well as the decision to cease airing White House briefings daily.Over the past few weeks, progressive activists have lit up Twitter over the media's criticism of President Joe Biden. There have even been loud complaints that the White House briefing is no longer consistently covered live by the cable networks, as if the media is somehow trying to silence the President and his spokesperson.
Despite this, McCain also brought up reactions fromin Texas.
"This is not okay, never has been okay, never will be okay — no matter the administration or party," Representative(D-N.Y.) tweeted.
Psaki reiterated in response that the administration's decision was a matter of safety for migrant kids and said "it's going to take some time" before an ideal solution could be found for them.
Psaki also said data the Trump administration failed to collect has made it increasingly difficult for the Biden administration to reunite children with their families. She repeated that Biden's actions were primarily taken in the name of safety.
"We're absolutely not doing what the former president did and what, frankly, the current president and the current vice president objected to, which is ripping kids from the arms of their parents," Psaki said. "That is not the policy of this administration and not something we would do."
Newsweek reached out to HSS and the White House for comment on the status of the Texas facility but did not hear back before publication.
Psaki: Biden's 'Neanderthal' comment was a 'reflection of his frustration' .
Psaki defended President Joe Biden's comments comparing some Republican governors' decision to lift mask mandates to "Neanderthal thinking," calling it a "reflection of his frustration" about Americans refusing to follow public health guidance. Your browser does not support this video © Samuel Corum, Getty Images White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during the daily press briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on March 4, 2021 in Washington, DC.