Former President Obama referred to as for complete immigration reform to repair a “dysfunctional” system because the Biden administration grapples with what he referred to as a “heartbreaking” migrant crisis on the southern border.
Obama, throughout an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” that aired Tuesday, mentioned reform to the U.S. immigration system is “one thing that’s lengthy overdue.” He added that immigration is a “powerful” challenge as a result of Americans wish to be compassionate however that the U.S. having open borders is an “unsustainable” thought.
Obama’s feedback come after greater than 14,000 Haitian migrants camped below a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, after a surge in border crossings.
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas admitted Sunday that the overwhelming majority of Haitian migrants who crossed the southern U.S. border in latest weeks have already been launched into the United States and it’s doable that extra will observe them.
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So far, roughly 12,400 of the individuals are having their instances heard by immigration judges, whereas one other 5,000 are being processed by the Department of Homeland Security. Only 3,000 are in detention.
Obama mentioned the scenario in Del Rio “is a painful reminder that we do not have this proper but and we have extra work to do.”
“As big-hearted as he’s, no one understands that higher than Joe Biden,” Obama mentioned. “And the query is now: Are we gonna get critical about coping with this drawback in a systemic manner, versus these one-offs the place we’re continually reacting to emergencies? And I feel that that is one thing that each American ought to wanna put an finish to.”
Obama added that “immigration is hard” and “at all times has been.”
“Immigration is hard. It at all times has been as a result of, on the one hand, I feel we’re naturally a folks that wishes to assist others,” Obama mentioned. “And we see tragedy and hardship and households which are desperately making an attempt to get right here in order that their children are secure, they usually’re in some instances fleeing violence or disaster.”
He added: “At the identical time, we’re a nation state. We have borders. The concept that we are able to simply have open borders is one thing that … as a sensible matter, is unsustainable.”
The Biden administration has confronted fierce criticism for its dealing with of the crisis alongside the U.S.-Mexico border, which Republican critics have blamed on the dramatic rollback of Trump-era insurance policies, like border wall development and the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). It has additionally narrowed inside Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) priorities and pushed laborious for legalization of unlawful immigrants already within the nation. It has additionally been releasing migrants into the inside, processing UACs to sponsors already within the nation and releasing migrant households — angering Republican governors and different lawmakers.
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There have been greater than 200,000 migrant encounters on the southern border in August, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confirmed earlier this month, the second month in a row the place the quantity has been over the 200,000 mark as migrants proceed to try to enter the U.S.
Fox News first reported that there have been 208,887 encounters in August. While it marks the primary lower in migrant encounters seen below the Biden administration, the place migrant encounters have been sharply rising for months, it is just a 2% drop over the greater than 212,000 encounters in July.
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The Biden administration has pushed again, blaming the Trump administration for sealing off authorized pathways to asylum whereas emphasizing the position that root causes – like poverty, violence and corruption in Central America – play in encouraging migrants to journey north.
Mayorkas mentioned the administration intends to proceed with its border technique, which he mentioned entails rebuilding “secure, authorized and orderly pathways for migrants,” enhancing processing, and going after smugglers.
“We have a plan, we’re executing our plan and that takes time,” he mentioned in August, when he introduced the July border numbers.
He additionally informed border brokers in audio leaked to Fox News that the scenario is “unsustainable.”
Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.