President Joe Biden sat down with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos for a wide-ranging interview on Tuesday 16, in which he discouraged migrants from travelling to the United States.
“I can say quite clearly: don’t come over,” Biden told Stephanopoulos. “Don’t leave your town or city or community.”
Alejandro Mayorkas, Department of Homeland Security Secretary has reinforced this sentiment, saying on Sunday, “The message is quite clear: Do not come. The border is closed. The border is secure.”
The number of unaccompanied children and teenagers taken into US custody has surged in recent weeks, amid an increase in migrants attempting to enter the country. There are currently more than 4,000 migrant children in Border Patrol custody and the administration is struggling to cope with the influx.
Biden, who has now been in office for two months, has halted construction of the border wall extolled by former President Trump and promised to adopt more humane immigration policies.
However, the President is facing ongoing pressure from both Republicans and Democrats over his immigration strategy. On Monday 15, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, alongside 12 other Republicans, took a trip to the border at El Paso, Texas and claimed “This crisis is created by the presidential policies of this new administration. There’s no other way to claim it than a Biden border crisis.”
Immigration policy has long been a contentious and divisive topic in Washington, and attempts to pass comprehensive reform have repeatedly failed in recent years.
The situation at the southwest border shows no sign of slowing down, so much so that Biden has now said he plans to visit. Asked by reporters yesterday if he was thinking about going, he responded “At some point I will, yes.”