Psaki claims that the only reason why Americans believe that there is an actual crisis at the southern border is because of the media, according to The Daily Wire.
“A big driver” of this thinking is “the nature of some components of social media and media these days.”
“To us, it’s like, ‘That wasn’t really a crisis; it was a huge challenge,’” Psaki stated.
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema said, “The reality is, is that this is a crisis.”
“We all know it.” The current immigration issue is due to “a crisis on the border in Arizona and Texas.”
Henry Cuellar said, “There is a border crisis, no ifs about it.”
From The Daily Wire:
Axelrod, a former chief strategist under President Obama, described Psaki’s back-and-forth with the White House press corps as a “wrestling match you go through several times a week as to whether you’re going to call it a ‘crisis,’ or how you’re going to describe it,” Fox News reported.
The White House refused to use the term “crisis,” because “we just didn’t want to feed into that on this issue, or really any issue,” she added.
“To us, it’s like, ‘That wasn’t really a crisis; it was a huge challenge,’” Psaki told Axelrod.
Finding alternatives to the term “crisis” has marked Psaki’s tenure as the Biden administration’s most conspicuous public spokesperson during one of the worst border crises in modern history.
Illegal border crossings have skyrocketed since Biden revoked President Donald Trump’s Migrant Protection Protocols(MPP), which encouraged migrants to wait in other countries while they applied for asylum status.
The number of illegal immigrants arrested by the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has more than doubled since Joe Biden’s inauguration in January. The CBP arrested 172,331 illegal immigrants in March — including 19,000 children — up 71% in one month. Total border crossings in March reached the highest level in 15 years, according to The Washington Post.
Although the Biden administration has tried to suppress photos of unaccompanied minors being held in overcrowded facilities, images have emerged of children unable to observe social distancing.
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Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has admitted illegal immigrants were released into the United States without being tested, or after testing positive for COVID-19.
The American people may also have gotten the impression that the uncontrolled flow of undocumented immigrants across the Southern border is a crisis from border state Democrats, who have been outspoken about the damage a virtually open border has had on their communities.