President Joe Biden urged migrants to not come to the U.S. in an exclusive interview with ABC News on Tuesday.
“I can say quite clearly, ‘Don’t come over,’” Biden said amid a surge of migrants and unaccompanied minors making their way into the U.S.
George Stephanopoulos of ABC News said to President Biden, “A lot of the migrants saying they’re coming in because you promised to make things better. It seems to be getting worse by the day. Was it a mistake not to anticipate this surge?”
Biden admitted this year’s surge “could be” worse than the influx of migrants in 2019 and 2020.
“I heard the other day they’re coming because they know I’m a nice guy, and I won’t do what Trump did,” Biden said before sending a message to migrants to not come to the U.S. “I can say quite clearly, ‘Don’t come over.'”
Biden went on to say that his administration is working to set up a system to process the large number of migrants.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Tuesday that the number of attempted crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border is expected to reach its highest peak of the past two decades.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was called in last week to assist with the increasingly large groups of unaccompanied child migrants.
Mayorkas said FEMA will support and assist to “safely receive, shelter and transfer unaccompanied children” attempting to get into the United States. He added that there has been a “record number of individuals, including unaccompanied children, at the southwest border.“
The Department of Homeland Security expects the number of unaccompanied migrants children to continue increasing throughout the year. Officials estimate that more than 117,000 will arrive to the U.S. this year, making it the largest number of migrant children to have arrived since President Obama was in office. During the fiscal year from October 2013 to August 2014, more than 66,000 children arrived to the U.S. unaccompanied.
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