After issuing a warning over the surge of migrants who have been trying to enter the country, President Biden has gone ahead and spent a staggering $86 million on hotel rooms to house them.
Last week, Biden gravely warned migrants that just because he's a "nice guy," doesn't mean he'll be letting everyone in the country.
So, why the change of heart? Well, here's the full story...
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 last 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 week, 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...
Biden is refreshingly consistent in his sense of decency.— ddbell (@derabll) March 17, 2021
Wow, a reasonable potus— Kim Young (@epipusher) March 17, 2021
what a brilliant answer. every part of it.— Tom Joad (@Thomas_Joad_) March 17, 2021
That’s a real president!!!!— tirty8 🧢 (@tirty8) March 17, 2021
However, others weren't too impressed.
The President’s comment was inappropriate considering the investigation is incomplete.— Beachcraft (@Beachcraft) March 17, 2021
Too weird he said that...🧐😞😶🤔— ʞɾıp uɐʌ ɐƃןo ™ (@olgavandijk) March 17, 2021
Did he mean to say that? Wow.— 🌹 Clark, a proud citizen of GoFundMe nation (@Clarknt67) March 17, 2021
Damn Biden ain’t mincing words— this girl (@thisgir33336607) March 17, 2021
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 resign?"— ABC News (@ABC) March 17, 2021
"Yes," Pres. Biden says. "I think he'll probably end up being prosecuted, too.” https://t.co/a6qfOJ9Byp pic.twitter.com/EiC63wtnUo
But just a week on, Biden seems to have acted on the pressure he has been getting over the people currently stuck at the border.
The president has just spent approximately $86 million on hotel rooms near the U.S-Mexico border to house migrants.
The Biden administration has secured the $86 million contract for hotel rooms to house immigrants, said to be able to support 1,200 family members, Axios reports.
The contract, which will see the rooms remain available for 6 months, was awarded via Texas-based nonprofit organization Endeavors.
This is a developing story and updates will be posted accordingly.