After seeing a huge surge of migrants entering the U.S in the last few months, President Biden has issued a stern warning for those still planning on crossing the border.
Now, many would argue that our country is set to experience one of its worst migrant crises in decades.
Since April 2020, the number of migrants being stopped at the U.S.-Mexico border has been steadily rising and, under a public health order issued by Trump, Title 42, the Biden administration has been rapidly denying most single adults and families entry into the country.
However, the order has been allowing teenagers and children to stay...
And they have been arriving in ever larger numbers.
As of Sunday, March 14th, more than 4,000 migrant children were being held by the Border Patrol custody...
Including at least 3,000 being held in custody longer than the seventy-two-hour limit set by a court order, a U.S. official told AP.
The number of children crossing by themselves, mostly from Central America, appears to be surging in particular in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas.
The Border Patrol took in 280 there alone on Monday.
As a result of this, President Biden has been put in a difficult position.
Biden labels the detention of migrants as a "moral failing and a national shame" and promises to "welcome immigrants in our communities" on his official website, which has left many feeling confused and somewhat frustrated with the current situation at the border.
He has been slammed by Republicans for what they view as an encouragement to illegal border crossers...
And has even been criticized by some Democrats over what they see as the prolonged detention of minors.
Former President Donald Trump then waded into the equation, telling Fox News on Tuesday that the crisis was "destroying our country."
"It is a crisis like we have rarely had and certainly we have never had on the border. But it is going to get much worse. What we are seeing now is very bad - record numbers."
Well, Biden has now addressed the issue.
Speaking to ABC News last night, the president was grilled on the ongoing migrant crisis by George Stephanopoulos, and opinions are seriously divided on his response.
Some thought Biden was "refreshingly decent" when outlining his plan for future migrants...
@ABC @sahilkapur @GStephanopoulos Biden is refreshingly consistent in his sense of decency.— ddbell (@ddbell)1615939902.0
@ABC @GStephanopoulos Wow, a reasonable potus— Kim Young (@Kim Young)1615974304.0
@ABC @GStephanopoulos what a brilliant answer. every part of it.— Tom Joad (@Tom Joad)1615941668.0
@ABC @GStephanopoulos That’s a real president!!!!— tirty8 🧢 (@tirty8 🧢)1615947600.0
However, others weren't too impressed.
@ABC @GStephanopoulos The President’s comment was inappropriate considering the investigation is incomplete.— Beachcraft (@Beachcraft)1615949193.0
@ABC @GStephanopoulos Too weird he said that...🧐😞😶🤔— ʞɾıp uɐʌ ɐƃןo ™ (@ʞɾıp uɐʌ ɐƃןo ™)1615947013.0
@ABC @GStephanopoulos Did he mean to say that? Wow.— 🌹 Clark, a proud citizen of GoFundMe nation (@🌹 Clark, a proud citizen of GoFundMe nation)1615951915.0
@ABC @GStephanopoulos Damn Biden ain’t mincing words— this girl (@this girl)1615942696.0
Biden first denied that he should have anticipated the surge in migrants...
Saying that he had instead sought to phase out Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies and embrace a more "humane" approach.
He then pointed out that there had been migrant surges in the past...
"First of all, there was a surge in the last 2 years. In '19 and '20, there was a surge, as well."
Stephanopoulos then noted, "This one might be worse," before Biden acknowledged, "Well, it could be."
But he then added, "Here's the deal: we are sending back people."
"The idea that Joe Biden said: 'Come' - because I heard the other day that they're coming because they know I'm a nice guy... Here's the deal, they're not."
"I can say quite clearly: Don't come over. Don't leave your town or city or community."
EXCLUSIVE: @GStephanopoulos on Gov. Andrew Cuomo: "If the investigation confirms the claims of the women, should he… https://t.co/omeaQv1fzN— ABC News (@ABC News)1615939570.0
You can watch his interview above.
Make sure to stay posted for further updates on the ongoing migrant crisis.