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President Biden Under Fire for Refusing to Label Southern Border Situation a ‘Crisis’

President Joe Biden faced criticism on social media after refraining from using the term “crisis” to describe the situation at the southern border of the United States. The ongoing surge of migrant border crossings has led to growing concerns and political debate.

Bipartisan Criticism Over Border Handling

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Biden’s approach to the U.S.-Mexico border has drawn bipartisan criticism due to the significant increase in migrant border encounters. In the 2023 fiscal year, there were over 2.4 million encounters, a notable rise from approximately 1.7 million in 2021, as reported by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Biden Policies Criticized

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Republicans attribute this surge to what they perceive as Biden’s lenient border policies, which they argue incentivize illegal immigration. On the other hand, some experts argue that various factors, including political and financial instability in certain Central American countries, contribute to the migration influx.

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Controversy Over Transporting Migrants to ‘Sanctuary Cities’

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Adding to the controversy, many migrants have been transported from Texas to “sanctuary cities” controlled by Democrats. These cities offer protection to undocumented immigrants against deportation, triggering fresh criticism from Democrats. The issue of immigration has gained prominence in anticipation of the 2024 election.

Questioning Biden

While speaking to reporters on the White House South Lawn, President Biden was asked whether he considered the situation at the southern border a “crisis.”

Biden’s Response on the South Lawn

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In response, he stated, “No, but I wish they would react. I’ve been pushing them—my Republican colleagues—since I got into office. I think we have to make major changes at the border. I’ve been pushing it. I’m prepared to make significant alterations at the border. And there are negotiations going on for the last five weeks, so I’m hopeful we’ll get there.”

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Social Media Backlash

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President Biden’s remarks quickly stirred controversy on social media platforms, especially Twitter. Users expressed their disapproval and concerns regarding his characterization of the border situation.

Other Responses on X

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Former congressional candidate Jack Lombardi II speculated on X that the border situation might be an intentional invasion, linking it to election objections.

Congressional Negotiations for Funding

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Meanwhile, House Speaker Mike Johnson, a Louisiana Republican, is engaged in negotiations with congressional leaders to secure funding for Ukraine and Israel amidst their ongoing conflicts with Russia and Hamas, respectively.

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Funding Critical For Immigration

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This negotiation also involves funding for the U.S.-Mexico border. Last year, President Biden requested approximately $106 billion in additional aid for Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan, and border security. However, conservatives have resisted combining Ukraine aid with border funding.

Biden’s Call for Immigration Reform

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President Biden previously highlighted congressional Republicans’ reluctance to consider his comprehensive plan for reforming the immigration system. He pointed out that they rejected his request for an additional $3.5 billion to enhance border security, support 2,000 new asylum personnel, and appoint 100 new immigration judges to expedite claims processing.

Biden’s Efforts to Address Immigration Challenges

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Biden stressed the importance of addressing the immigration system’s challenges, emphasizing the need for Congress to act. Until legislative action is taken, his administration aims to improve the situation at the border using available resources.

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