House Speaker Nancy Pelosi provided her take Friday on the state of the situation with immigrants at the border that the Biden administration does not want to call a ‘crisis’ – terming it ‘under control.’
Pelosi made the statement at a press briefing at the Capitol, after White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki had to walk back her own comment Thursday after briefly referring to the crush of childhood migrants at the southern border as a ‘crisis.’
When a reporter asked her to follow up, Psaki corrected herself and referred to ‘challenges’ at the border.
Pelosi, asked for her view, described thematic changes from the Trump administration.
‘The Biden administration has this under control. It is changed. And it will take some time. But it is values based. Humanitarian in its aspects. Pragmatic with a plan to get things done,’ she said.
‘I think that the administration is pulling this thing under control, and I think it’s important to know that,’ Pelosi said.
She contrasted the situation with attitude of the Trump Administration, and added: ‘In the spring, more people do come, so there will be more.
She said of potential immigrants: ‘They have to know as the president has said, don’t come,’ she said.
‘It is change and it will take some time, but it is values-based, humanitarian,’ she continued, calling it ‘pragmatic with a plan to get things done.’
HHS head Alejandro Mayorkas pointedly chose not to use the word ‘crisis’ when appearing at the White House, but in a congressional appearance called it ‘undoubtedly difficult.’
Mayorkas visisted the border Friday with senators from both parties amid policy challenges and political blowback – with Republicans blaming the problem on Biden’s immigration policies, which they say are acting as a draw for migrants.
The trip was closed to the media – ‘due to privacy and COVID-19 precautions,’ the Department of Homeland Security said.
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