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Former President Donald Trump is blaming President Biden for the escalating migrant crisis on the US-Mexico border and says people will be “flowing in by the millions” within months.
Trump attributed the surge to Biden’s policies, including his termination last month of the “Remain in Mexico” policy that required Central Americans to await US asylum decisions while staying in Mexico.
“We had it in such good control two months ago, three months ago. And then he made the statement that you want to have, you want to come in,” Trump said on “The Truth with Lisa Boothe” podcast.
“These people came along, and they just ended everything, and now they’re going to be flowing in by the millions — already started very substantially. Nobody’s ever seen it. As bad as it is now, it’s really good compared to what it will be in a few months.”
Trump said that the “Remain in Mexico” policy was “working for everybody” and “it forced Mexico not to let them in on their [southern] border.”
He credited his presidential threats to withdraw foreign aid from Central America and to tariff Mexican goods with improving cooperation on deportations and border security.
“He’s paying and we don’t get anything for it. We give them a lot of money, and we get nothing but disrespect. And we had it down to an absolute science. It was a beautiful thing to see,” Trump said.
“We had a great relationship with Mexico and the other countries because they didn’t want to have either tariffs imposed or they wanted to get some of the money.”
The Biden administration has been using a Trump-era COVID-19 policy to expel most single adults, federal officials say. But all unaccompanied children are admitted at least temporarily and families aren’t expelled unless Mexico can house them.
In February, there were 29,792 children detained without parents — about five times more than in January — of whom 2,942 were under age 12, according to US Customs and Border Protection. The total number of people apprehended along the Mexican border increased to more than 100,000 in February, a 28 percent jump from January.
The surge appears to be growing. On Friday morning alone, 1,000 migrants reportedly were detained after crossing the Rio Grande into Texas.
Biden halted construction of his predecessor’s Mexico border wall and issued an order affirming the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which gives work permits and protection from deportation to people brought illegally to the US as minors.
Biden also proposed legislation to create a path to citizenship for nearly all of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the US. Biden tweeted last week that he wanted Congress to pass legislation to that would “legalize the undocumented population in the United States.”
On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed bills that would create a path to citizenship for up to half of the estimated illegal immigrants in the US, including farmworkers and children who arrived as minors. Many Republicans said the bills create new “pull” factors for migration.
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