Biden’s border ‘crisis’ has little to do with the border

1st Apr, 2021

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A mother and son, migrants from Honduras, walk to turn themselves in to U.S. Border Patrol agents and request asylum in El Paso, Tex., on March 29. (Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

For weeks, President Biden has been hammered by right-wing opponents for supposedly stoking a new “crisis” along the southern U.S. border. They pin a surge of illegal crossings by migrants on the White House’s reversals of a number of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, including freezing funding for the construction of a controversial border wall and reviving a process for asylum claims at the border that Trump had effectively halted. If current trends hold, warned Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas earlier this month, the United States may “encounter more individuals on the southwest border than we have in the last 20 years.”

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