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'I'm still exhaling': Swing-state voters on Biden's 100 days
ELM GROVE, Wis. (AP) — Standing on the sidelines of her son's soccer practice in this upscale suburb, Laura Hahn looked skyward for answers when asked how she would rate President Joe Biden's first 100 days in office. Overall, Biden is doing well, she said after a few minutes of thought. But she acknowledged her judgment is as much a feeling of relief as an analysis of accomplishments. “I’m still exhaling,” Hahn said, referencing the tumultuous tenure of President Donald Trump. “It’s been exhausting.”At the 100-day marker, polls show most Americans are like Hahn, giving the new president positive marks for his early performance.
Democratic lawmakers from southern border states are saying President Joe Biden is failing them in addressing the migrant surge.
Both Democratic senators from Arizona have backed Republican Gov. Doug Ducey’s deployment of 500 National Guard soldiers to the U.S.-Mexico border. On Wednesday, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema said the state’s resources, which are in addition to existing federal law enforcement on the border, are not enough to handle the rising number of people illegally crossing in the Tucson and Yuma regions of the state.
"It’s clear that not enough is being done," Sinema. "Arizona is bearing the brunt of this crisis because of the federal government's failure to address immigration issues over the last three decades."
Joe Biden the Boring Radical Quietly Outshines Donald Trump the Predictable Showman
Joe Biden's approval rating has bested Donald Trump's for the first 100 days as president. Biden's style so far—calm or boring depending on your perspective—contrasts with what one political academic described as his "thunderous" agenda.As an experienced, career politician—a known entity having been vice president and a veteran senator before that—Biden was sold as a return to normalcy in the White House; a more familiar presidential tone from a unifying centrist Democrat.
Sinema and Sen. Mark Kelly asked Biden to reimburse the state for the $25 million they expect the National Guard deployment to cost, but they have yet to hear back from the White House.
“I've been down to the border, Douglas and Yuma. I’ve talked to sheriffs and mayors and the two sector chiefs and their leadership teams. We've got a problem,” Kellyreporters on Thursday. "The federal government has failed on this issue for decades now. Washington has to do better, and Arizonans are fed up. So, I'm just going to call it like I see it.”
On Thursday, Biden officials told reporters that Congress should take action on immigration issues. Sinema already has, proposing a bipartisan bill in April with Republicans that calls on the Biden administration to set up regional processing facilities along the 2,000-mile border that are better suited than Border Patrol stations to handle asylum-seeking families and children.
With 100 days behind him, Biden’s challenges mount and expectations rise as COVID concerns ease
Biden has earned high marks for his handling of the pandemic and framed his presidency as transformational. But the job is about to get harder.Just over 100 days later, other challenges have moved to the forefront.
Sinema said Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas personally committed to her that he would address the concerns of Arizona border communities.
“What I’m waiting for is the administration to take bold action to actually address these concerns,” Sinemaradio station KTAR News on Thursday.
Out east in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and Laredo, Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar is upset with how the Biden administration is portraying the border crisis. This past week, DHS released photos of Border Patrol’s Donna facility, a series of tents to hold children and families after they are initially taken into custody. The pictures revealed near-empty rooms compared to in March, when border authorities allowed the facility to become extremely overcrowded in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. A congresswoman who toured the Donna border facility in March said it wasdespite its 250-person capacity.
More perilous phase ahead for Biden after his 1st 100 days
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden's presidency is entering a new and more perilous phase where he is almost certain to face stiffer Republican opposition and also have difficulty keeping Democrats united as he pushes for $4 trillion in additional spending on programs that have echoes of the New Deal and the Great Society. © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this April 28, 2021, file photo President Joe Biden addresses a joint session of Congress in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, as Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., look on.
Cuellar said the photos are misleading the public because the children are all still in custody several hundred feet away at nearby tents operated by the Department of Health and Human Services.
“All they’re doing is they’re moving kids from one tent to the other tent and saying, ‘Oh, they’re not in the Border Patrol (custody),’ but they’re right next door,” CuellarBorder Report. “They’re just next door in HHS.”
Biden addressed the border during a recent NBC interview, saying his administration had “gotten control” of the international boundary.
“It’s not,” Cuellarin a Fox News interview, reacting to Biden’s claim. "To say that we have everything under control, you know. I'm supportive of President Biden. I'm a supporter of his, but we're not paying attention to the border's communities. ... And it's not under control. I can tell you that.”
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In March, 172,000 people attempted to cross the border illegally between ports of entry or at the ports. It was the highest rate in 15 years. More than 18,000 of the 172,000 were children who crossed without parents, marking the highest number ever documented in U.S. history.
How President Biden confronted racism and injustice in his first 100 days
President Biden has promised to address inequities in health care, criminal justice, housing, voting, pay and more.He described the trauma many of the nation’s Black and brown people experience. They worry, he said, that encounters with the police could turn deadly, that their children aren’t safe going to the grocery store, driving down the street, playing in the park or even sleeping at home.
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Joe Biden has proven an elusive target for Republicans. With the Cheney fight over, their focus is back on the president .
Republicans and their allies are renewing attacks on Biden, a strategy that so far has had little success."I just met with Corrupt Joe Biden and he’s STILL planning to push his radical Socialist agenda onto the American people," the text said.