As the Biden administration comes under increasing pressure for the border situation, a senior border official told Reuters on Tuesday that more than a million immigrants are expected to arrive at the southern border this year.

The border has attracted increasing attention, as at the start of the month it was reported that 15,000 unaccompanied minors were being accommodated by the authorities.

Deputy head of the US border patrol Raul Ortiz said the border patrol arrested 100,000 illegal immigrants in February alone.

This is the highest number of arrests since mid-2019, but Ortiz added that most crossings tend to occur in April and June.

He added: “We are already starting to see higher days of over 6,000 apprehensions. So I expect our border patrol officers to meet over a million people this year.

Reuters reports that, despite the huge sum of one million migrants who could reach the border this year, as Ortiz relayed, a similar number attempted to cross in 2019.

“If the numbers reach 1 million, it could reflect a similar increase in border crossings in 2019 under President Donald Trump, when nearly 978,000 migrants were taken into custody.”

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Biden administration refuses to call border a crisis

As the flow of migrants crossing the border shows no sign of letting go, and officials are running out of room to house them, Joe Biden and those in his administration refuse to call the situation a crisis.

During the 2020 campaign, Biden’s rhetoric was markedly different than it is now.

During a debate, in response to a question from Jorge Ramos on whether the Obama administration erred in deporting three million illegal immigrants, Biden said in part: the border. All of these asylum seekers deserve to be heard. This is who we are. We are a nation that says if you want to run away and run away from oppression, you have to come. ”

Now, as president, Biden has apparently changed his mind. Two weeks ago, Biden said explicitly “Don’t come” referring to migrants seeking to cross the border.

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Vice President Kamala Harris in charge of the border?

Recently, Joe Biden appointed Vice President Kamala Harris to lead the response to the illegal immigration situation. He said: “I don’t see anyone better qualified to do it.”

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (right), however, disagreed with the nomination.

“At no point in her career has she given any indication that she considers the border a serious problem or threat.”

“If President Biden’s intention was to show that he takes this problem seriously, he really has done the exact opposite,” he continued, adding that Biden “has completely trivialized the problem by putting someone in charge who doesn’t care. . “

As for Harris’ specific role, the White House has attempted to clarify that Harris is not leading an effort on the border itself, but rather “the root causes.”

White House spokesperson Symone Sanders says Harris received an “in-depth briefing on the Northern Triangle and Latin America” ​​but “the vice president does not make the border.”

Sanders added that Harris’ role in dealing with the border is more diplomatic and “you can expect her to speak with leaders in the region in the near future.”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki echoes this feeling, clarifying that “the Vice President of the United States will help lead this effort, especially the root causes – not the border, there is some confusion about it.”

While there have been calls for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to come to the border to see the situation firsthand, the White House says that there are no “immediate plans” for either to visit the area.

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Trump and GOP weigh

In an interview with his stepdaughter Lara Trump, former President Trump spoke about the border.

“Look at our borders, look at what’s going on. We had the best southern border we’ve ever had and in one day he said, “Everybody’s going up,” and what’s going on now is something compared to what’s going to happen over the summer.

Representatives Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Tom McClintock (R-CA) on Tuesday demanded documents linked to reports that Biden’s transition team had been warned by Department of Homeland Security officials of the possible consequences the reversal of the immigration policies of the Trump era. .

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