As the Biden administration faces heat for the deteriorating situation at the U.S.-Mexico border and for refusing to label it a “crisis,” a new poll has found that two-thirds of likely voters would classify the situation as a “crisis.”
The poll from Rasmussen Reports published Monday found that 67% of likely voters would call the situation at the border as a “crisis,” as opposed to members of the administration—such as White House press secretary Jen Psaki and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas—calling it a “challenge”.
On the other hand, only 23% said it’s not a crisis and 10% are not sure.
The survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted between March 18 and 21 also asked if individuals agreed or disagreed with this statement: “President Biden himself … has caused the [border] crisis with both his rhetoric and his policies”.
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A slight majority of respondents—53%—said they agreed with that assessment, whereas 38% said they disagreed and 10% were unsure.
Many Republicans have accused Biden of incentivizing migrants to come to the southern border with his policy proposals for undocumented immigrants, such as an eight-year pathway to citizenship.
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Since January, the reported number of migrants crossing the southern border has surged, according to data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), with many of these migrants being unaccompanied children.
The Biden administration has been scrambling to accompany and process all these migrants, as well as test them for COVID-19. Although, the administration has faced backlash over reports that facilities have released COVID-positive migrants into the country.
In the wake of accusations that he has been incentivizing migrants to come to the United States, Biden last Tuesday issued a message to migrants, telling them: “Don’t come over.”
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Troubling details were unearthed during the questioning of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas by the Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-IA). Grassley asked Mayorkas about a DHS memo from September 30 which reads: “The fact an individual is a removable noncitizen will not alone be the basis of an enforcement action against them.”
“Does that reasoning apply to the [1.2] million illegal immigrants who have received due process and been given a final order of removal by an immigration judge?” Grassley asked Mayorkas.
“We cannot remove 1.2 million individuals, nor can we remove more than 11 million undocumented individuals, individuals who are unlawfully present in the United States, who might not have final orders of removal” Mayorkas answered.
Mayorkas also stated that he had issued the due process policy after drawing on “tremendous experience not only as a member of the Department of Homeland Security but as a federal prosecutor.”
Grassley pressed Mayorkas, asking, “should any of them be removed?”
“Of course,” Mayorkas said. “I do believe that individuals who pose a public safety threat, who pose a national security threat, who pose a border security threat, should be removed, and we should be smart and effective in our use of resources, and we should focus on the well-being of our communities and prioritize individuals for removal.”
In his opening statements, Grassley addressed Mayorkas and stated, “When you allow the ACLU and open-borders immigration activists rather than career law enforcement professionals to dictate the terms of your immigration and border policies, then you shouldn’t be surprised when record-shattering numbers of people start showing up at the border to take advantage of that.”
Grassley continued, “When you run DHS like it’s an ‘Abolish ICE’ fan club, you shouldn’t be surprised when you have an illegal immigration crisis on your hands.”
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