“All you have to do is talk to the Border Patrol members. They’ll tell you straight up. All we have to do is go back to what we were doing before President Biden,” Kennedy told Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures. “President Biden undid everything that the Republican Congress and the Trump administration did.
“It’ll be fixed in a week,” he said.
The United States is suffering a significant inrush of illegal immigrants in recent weeks, especially unaccompanied minors. While families and single adults are being dismissed at the border, the administration is still accepting unaccompanied minors who arrive illegally, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said last week.
The influx of unaccompanied minors has overcome border facilities and resources and prompted the administration to build overflow facilities to house the immigrants under its more “humane” policies. Still, the administration has not been able to keep up with the flow of the illegal border crossings, provoking concerns of overpopulation in detention facilities amid a pandemic.
Over 16,500 unaccompanied migrant children were in the care of either Customs and Border Protection (CBP) or the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as of March 23, according to the HHS Administration for Children and Families.
Republican lawmakers have claimed that the burgeoning crisis is a result of President Joe Biden’s move to reverse several Trump-era immigration policies that helped hindered the flow of illegal border crossings. This combines his predecessor’s cornerstone Migrant Protection Protocol, which ended the questionable “catch and release” policy, significantly raising the wave of illegal immigrants that were seen at the southern border in 2019.
In a return to the Obama-era policies that facilitate “catch-and-release,” the Biden administration is repeatedly releasing unaccompanied minors into the country. The lawmakers claim that Biden’s act has been described as a signal to prospective migrants to travel to the United States.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who led a delegation of Republican senators to the border on Friday, called the condition at the border a “heartbreaking” humanitarian crisis that is a “direct consequence of policy decisions by the Biden administration.”
“This needs to stop. It is a crisis, it is a tragedy and it is a man-made crisis. This was avoidable. This was preventable,” the Texas senator said.
The Biden administration, however, has sought to stir the liability on former President Donald Trump’s administration, with Mayorkas saying that the previous government had “dismantled the orderly, humane, and efficient way of allowing children to make their claims under United States law in their own country.”