White Home Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday refused to be certain that the Biden administration would step up security on the US-Mexico border, as she was grilled about disturbing video of smugglers dropping kids over a 14-foot wall in New Mexico.
The clip, tweeted Wednesday by a border patrol agent, reveals two little women, aged 5 and three, being dropped over the barrier by smugglers at nighttime, earlier than the kids have been rescued by authorities.
“I’ve seen the video, and I feel any of us who noticed the video have been extremely alarmed by the steps of smugglers, ones that we now have been fairly accustomed to,” stated Psaki throughout her day by day press briefing.
However pressed on what steps the Biden administration is taking to stop a repeat of the possibly lethal tactic, Psaki questioned the motives of the reporter who posed the query, Fox Information’ Peter Doocy.
“Are you involved extra concerning the kids’ security, or are you involved about kids getting in?” she requested. “Inform me extra about your concern.”
Knowledgeable by Doocy that he was asking concerning the youngsters’s security, and that Psaki had indicated that’s the White Home’s principal concern, Psaki stated, “In fact it’s. Which is why I’m usually shocked by among the line of questioning right here.
“However I’ll say that our concern and our focus is on sending a transparent message to the area that this isn’t the time to come,” she continued. “[That] you shouldn’t ship your kids on this treacherous journey. That these smugglers are preying on vulnerabilities in these communities.”
Psaki didn’t immediately reply when requested if the White Home was contemplating stepping up border security in mild of the video.
However, reiterating a place beforehand said by President Biden, she stated that the White Home was aiming to tackle underlying causes driving migration within the first place, a activity delegated to Vice President Kamala Harris.
“There’s a number of points and steps we’d like to take to tackle root causes. So in fact our concern is for the security of those kids,” she stated. “These border patrol brokers who saved these kids deserve our thanks and our gratitude for guaranteeing their security.”
Since Biden was inaugurated and commenced dismantling the extra stringent immigration insurance policies of former President Donald Trump, tens of 1000’s of Central American migrants have flocked to the crossing.
That quantity consists of 1000’s of unaccompanied youngsters, lots of whom have been crammed into tightly-packed detention amenities for days at a time whereas awaiting switch to federal shelters elsewhere.
The Biden administration has granted little media entry to the facilities and the border typically, however photos which have trickled out present migrants packed densely collectively and confined to holding areas with few comforts.