Migrants Flooding Border Say Biden 'Encouraged' Them to Come: 'He Promised Us!'
'Biden promised us that everything was going to change'
Migrants who are flooding the U.S. Southern Border say Joe Biden "encouraged" them to attempt to make illegal crossings into the United States, according to reports.
Immigrants hoping to make enter the U.S. illegally are reportedly telling reporters that Biden "promised" them they would get free entry at the border.
One woman, Gladys Oneida Pérez Cruz, told The New York Times that she traveled with her son to the border because of Biden's pro-migrant promises.
“Biden promised us that everything was going to change,” she told the Times.
“He hasn’t done it yet, but he is going to be a good president for migrants.”
The Times said another woman was at the border in tears, insisting: “Biden promised us!”
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers say that some 100,000 foreigners came to the border in February alone.
Also, after weeks of claiming all is well, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Saturday acknowledged that “record numbers” of foreigners are overwhelming U.S. agencies.
The situation has prompted DHS to call in help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
"The federal government is responding to the arrival of record numbers of individuals, including unaccompanied children, at the southwest border.
"Since April 2020, the number of encounters at the border has been rising due to ongoing violence, natural disasters, food insecurity, and poverty in the Northern Triangle countries of Central America,” the DHS said.
"The federal government is working around the clock to move unaccompanied children from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) care and to place them with a family member or sponsor until their immigration case is adjudicated.
"The risks posed by the spread of COVID-19 have made this mission all the more difficult.”
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) last week dubbed the situation the “Biden border crisis” and said some foreigners wore shirts saying “Biden, let us in.”
"Joe Biden and the Democrats … they don’t believe in borders,” Cotton said.
In some of his first actions in office, Biden did away with the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), which kept foreigners who tried to enter the U.S. illegally in Mexico to await hearings.
Instead, Biden has returned to a “catch-and-release” policy in which illegal aliens are allowed to enter the U.S.
"I am grateful for the exceptional talent and responsiveness of the FEMA team,” Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said over the weekend.
"I am incredibly proud of the agents of the Border Patrol, who have been working around the clock in difficult circumstances to take care of children temporarily in our care.
"Yet, as I have said many times, a Border Patrol facility is no place for a child.
"We are working in partnership with HHS to address the needs of unaccompanied children, which is made only more difficult given the protocols and restrictions required to protect the public health and the health of the children themselves.
"Our goal is to ensure that unaccompanied children are transferred to HHS as quickly as possible, consistent with legal requirements and in the best interest of the children.”