A prime White House aide on Sunday insisted the rising numbers of migrants, significantly unaccompanied kids, crossing the border is simply the normal springtime surge.
Challenged to answer the rising numbers of kids arriving on their very own — with 18,000 now in federal custody — Kate Bedingfield, the White House communications director, stated the state of affairs was common.
“These are the identical sorts of surges that we’ve seen,” Bedingfield stated throughout a Sunday morning look on on ABC’s “This Week.”
“These surges are cyclical, they’re not the results of one administration’s insurance policies or one other administration’s insurance policies.”
Bedingfield stated the surge displays “folks fleeing poverty and violence” and pointed to related surges in 2014, beneath President Obama, and 2019, beneath President Trump.
Bedingfield’s feedback got here as a brand new ballot discovered that confirmed that immigration is an space the place President Biden has his lowest approval scores. It discovered that 57 p.c of People disapprove of his strategy on immigration, and 54 p.c imagine the state of affairs has reached “disaster” stage.
On Sunday, Bedingfield claimed that immigration insurance policies are in some ways unchanged beneath Biden.
“It’s vital to be clear our coverage hasn’t modified,” she stated, citing well being codes and different legal guidelines that require or permit the federal government to forestall entry into the nation.
“The overwhelming majority of people that arrive at our border, we’re turning away.”
The longterm answer, she added, shouldn’t be constructing new amenities however working with international locations within the “Northern Triangle” — Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras — to enhance the state of affairs there so migrants don’t need to come to the U.S.
Bedingfield added that the Biden administration is opening new shelters that may be capable to shift kids out of the fingers of Customs and Border Patrol and into amenities run by the Division of Well being and Human Providers.