Biden keeps returning to Trump as a cause of nation’s troubles

Monday, 29 Mar, 2021

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Texas Democrat, on Monday released some still pictures he had been given that were taken at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility in Donna, Texas. It is about to get busy. "And these are people that in a large way are not people we want in our country", he added, once again referring to migrants as "murderers" and "rapists".

In most cases, migrant families are being allowed to unite with their family members or friends in the US while they await asylum hearings. "The only threat you face is unarmed children and families who are seeking asylum (as well as the occasional heckler)", he tweeted.

US authorities reported more than 100,000 encounters on the southern border in February, the highest since a four-month streak in 2019.

The US-Mexico border crisis is one of the first noncoronavirus-related issues to break through the news cycle during President Joe Biden's administration. After speaking with border patrol agents that man the front line of this crisis, Tenney said the agents agree the wall does prevent people from crossing in. The agent reassures him and negotiates a landing away from gnarly branches. Those photos, taken through plastic sheeting, showed children, several of them covered with blankets, lying on mats lined side by side on the floor. The migrants walked - or are carried - a few steps, and the smuggler turned around for the next passenger without touching dry land. She rafted across the Rio Grande with her 6-year-old daughter on a recent Thursday evening, clambering up a remote stretch of brush here in search of a Border Patrol agent to ask for asylum. A smuggler tells her she didn't, and she appears to shrug it off.

In the mother's pocket, a laminated piece of paper with the phone number of family in Maryland. Tenney was able to tour the facilities in El Paso, Texas that house the immigrants.

Biden's administration has come under fire over the conditions in which the overflow of migrants are being kept, and for heavily restricting media access into the facilities.

"The number of unaccompanied minors has risen quickly, but they could easily be eclipsed by the number of families if the US government starts admitting families on an ongoing basis", said Andrew Selee, president of the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan Washington think tank.

The current president mentioned the former one by name 10 times, and on more than half a dozen different occasions, sometimes in response to Trump-specific questions and other times unprompted. After the news conference, CNN's Jake Tapper said that Biden's stance was "not really in keeping with the transparency that he promised the American people". He left Guatemala after hearing "on the news" that Biden would allow families to enter the United States.

The Democratic president said he had made it clear to Xi that the United States was not looking for confrontation, but would insist China abide by worldwide rules for fair competition, fair trade and respect for human rights. And you will have millions of people pouring into our country.

At the river, a lull set in after the initial rush.

The government of the United States is fully complicit in the criminal violence of these Mexican gangs, and yet its spokespeople, day after day, unctuously repeat pious lies about this unfolding outrage to the press corps that conducted the campaign for the nearly comatose candidate who is now the president.