The surge in migration at the Mexico border sparks new debate in Washington

Republicans and Democrats blame each other for the new immigration crisis.

Thousands of unaccompanied children crossing the US border from Mexico have sparked a fierce new debate about immigration policy in Washington.

Republicans and Democrats are arguing over who is to blame for the current situation, which both parties describe as a crisis.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy led a delegation of Republican lawmakers who arrived at the border on Monday to denounce the policies of Democratic President Joe Biden.

According to McCarthy, the head of state opened the borders to unhindered illegal immigration.

“This crisis is caused by the presidential policies of the new administration,” he told reporters in El Paso, Texas.

When he took office in January, Biden halted the construction of a border wall that his predecessor, Donald Trump, had championed and began pushing for what he called a more humane immigration policy.

Despite the large influx of migrants, including nearly 30,000 unaccompanied children, who crossed the border in February, the Biden administration does not talk about the crisis, preferring to call the situation a challenge.

But Biden and his staff are being asked to stop thousands of impoverished migrants from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador from making the dangerous journey through Mexico to the United States. They believe they will have a safer and more prosperous life.

Over the weekend, the Department of Homeland Security said the Federal Emergency Management Agency would help handle large numbers of unaccompanied migrant children over the next 90 days.

The children are being held in temporary facilities at the border, which is already 94 percent full, before being sent to relatives already living in the United States or to trusted families who have agreed to take care of them or adopt them.

On Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters that “the Biden administration is trying to fix the broken system that it inherited from the Trump administration.”

“The Biden administration will develop a system based on doing the best job possible and understanding that this is a humanitarian crisis,” she said.

In early March, McCarthy asked Biden to hold a meeting on the border situation, saying he “should express serious concern about the administration’s approach to this crisis, but also hope that we can solve this problem together.”

According to McCarthy, he did not receive a response from the president.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki dismissed Republican claims that the new administration is pursuing an “open border” policy.

“This is absolutely wrong,” she said last week. “The border is not open.”

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Author: Steve Cowan
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