Politics Psaki Says Migrant Influx ‘Began during the Trump Administration’
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White House press secretary Jen Psaki "doesn't recommend" that President Joe Biden regularly answer questions from the media.“Look, I’m sorry. This is the last question I’ll take,” Biden said. “I’m really going to be in trouble.
At a briefing Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the influx of migrants arriving at the southern“began during and was exacerbated by the Trump administration.”
Migrant encounters at the border have increased steadily since May 2020, but skyrocketed in February 2021 after the Biden administration assumed office, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
“After four years of an immigration system rooted in destructive and chaotic policies, President Biden is taking the challenge head on and is building a fair, orderly, and human immigration system. That’s our objective,” Psaki remarked.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says she'll resign next year when it's 'time for somebody else to have this job'
"I think it's going to be time for somebody else to have this job in a year from now," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said."I think it's going to be time for somebody else to have this job in a year from now or about a year from now," Psaki said in an interview with CNN's David Axelrod, her former colleague in the Obama administration, on Thursday.
The dramatic jump in border apprehensions coincided with the timing of an array of Biden administration executive actions, including a temporary deportation moratorium; a pause in border wall construction; a recall of the “Remain in Mexico” policy which required asylum-seekers to wait in their home countries until their claims were processed; and other reversals of Trump-era enforcement measures.
Border patrol detained 172,331 migrants in March, breaking a 15-year record. Additionally, a record number of unaccompanied minors were taken into custody. HHS and the Biden administration scrambled to accommodate the number of, with many detention facilities along the border being overwhelmed and strapped for resources.
Jen Psaki talks about the transition and her role: We're recovering from 'the Game of Thrones period of our history'
In a pair of new interviews, White House press secretary Jen Psaki is sharing a lot about her approach to the job; the frantic news cycle; media fragmentation, and the role of Twitter. In a candid interview with her former Obama White House colleague David Axelrod on "The Axe Files" podcast, which came out Thursday morning, Psaki likens President Biden to "a storyteller." She says "he's always looking to tell the story, and he is always pushing and testing whether we're speaking about things in an accessible way.
Migrants interviewed at the southern border have repeatedly cited Biden’s immigration policies as the impetus for their journey and survey data shows that migrants and the traffickers who prey on them scrutinize policy in determining when to make the journey.
At a news conference on March 25, Biden characterized the increase in illegal crossings as a seasonal incidence not resulting from his policies.
“The truth of the matter is: Nothing has changed,” Biden said. “It happens every single, solitary year.”
Addressing reporters in the briefing room Tuesday, Psaki commented that the Department of Homeland Security will also begin “reuniting families that were separated by the policies of the previous administration.”
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