President Biden’s administration continues to struggle to respond to the border crisis, as the White House remains unable to answer basic questions about current plans to handle it.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki, on Tuesday, evaded multiple questions from reporters concerning the border crisis, even refusing to confirm the report of over 3,200 detained minors at the border.
“I’m not going to confirm numbers from here,” Psaki said, adding the Department of Homeland Security is “not our program.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki refused Tuesday to confirm reports that the number of detained unaccompanied minors at the border had tripled since Biden became president. https://t.co/oY5KaGrCYn
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She was also unaware or unable to say whether the Biden administration would open more facilities to help in detaining minors.
“I don’t have anything to confirm for you in terms of new facilities,” she replied. “We are looking at facilities. A lot of considerations are underway.”
Psaki continued to reassure critics that the minors would receive educational resources, health resources, mental health resources, and legal aid.
“Humanity will always be a value from the president on down,” Psaki said on Tuesday.
Psaki went on to blame other factors that contribute to the border crisis; economic hardship, two hurricanes last year.
“All of this is taking place during a global pandemic that has impacted other countries’ economies, placing undue hardships on its people, just as it did in the United States,” she said.
Psaki repeated Tuesday, it is not a crisis, even though there are over 2,600 children in detention.
“Look, I don’t think we need to sit here and put new labels on what we have already conveyed is challenging,” she said. “That’s the information the American people are looking for, so that’s what we’re working to provide,” she added.
The White House sent multiple officials to the border on Saturday, who said to reporters afterward that they participated in “operational briefings, updates, and tours of the facilities” and would be passing on the information to the president about the “challenges” on the border.
Psaki remained unable to answer the most basic questions about the crisis, the White House has planned a briefing with the Coordinator for the Southern Border Ambassador Roberta Jacobson
Jacobson, a former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico currently serves in Biden’s National Security Council after resigning in protest in 2018.
She expressed her feelings with Trump’s “chaotic” attempt to renegotiate NAFTA, accusing the president of “vilifying Mexicans” in a New York Times op-ed condemning Trump and his actions.
“Despite Mr. Trump’s campaign rhetoric vilifying Mexicans and focusing on a border wall, embassy officials and our Mexican partners felt after his inauguration that we would be able to continue working well together,” she wrote. “But it quickly became impossible to know how to influence the mess in Washington.”