Biden: Migrants Are Flooding the Border 'Because They Know Biden’s a Good Guy'
Joe Biden says he 'should be flattered' by the border crisis
Joe Biden stated during his first formal press conference that migrants are flooding the overwhelmed U.S.-Mexico border to enter the United States illegally "because they know Biden’s a good guy."
He told reporters that massive waves of people are illegally flooding the U.S. southern border because "I’m a decent man or however it’s phrased."
Biden’s remarks came after left-wing PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor claimed the surge in illegal immigration was due to “the perception of [Biden] that got [him] elected as a moral, decent man.”
“Well, look, I guess I should be flattered people are coming because I’m the nice guy,” Biden responded.
“That’s the reason why it’s happening, that I’m a decent man or however it’s phrased, that that’s why they’re coming because they know Biden’s a good guy.”
"We’re sending back the vast majority of the families that are coming," Biden then falsely claimed as he tried to sound tough on the border.
"We’re trying to work out now with Mexico their willingness to take more of those families back.
"That’s what’s happening," he added.
"They’re not getting across the border.”
Even CNN fact-checked this claim, saying that it was “not true.”
President Biden claimed today that the US "is sending back the vast majority of the families that are coming" and that they are "not getting across the border."— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) March 25, 2021
"That was not true in February, which is…the last month for which we have a full month's data," says CNN's @ddale8. pic.twitter.com/LZpuQsYRHx
“And I’d like to think it’s because I’m a nice guy, but it’s not,” Biden said.
“It’s because of what’s happened every year.”
However, The Washington Post highlighted the changes that Biden made when he came into office and how that impacted the situation on the border:
The warnings began before Biden even took office. During the transition period, career officials at U.S. Customs and Border Protection tried to issue sober alarms to the Biden team about the likelihood of a crisis at the border that could quickly overwhelm the nation’s capacity.
Senior CBP officials delivered Zoom briefings to the Biden transition team that included modeling projections showing a steep increase in the arrival of unaccompanied minors if Trump’s policies were suddenly lifted, according to one current and two former Department of Homeland Security officials. …
Biden transition officials understood the risks, as well, identifying a surge of unaccompanied minors and a dearth of shelter space exacerbated by the pandemic as the most pressing problems.
Yet Biden immediately embarked on an aggressive strategy to roll back Trump administration policies.
On his first day, Biden suspended border wall construction, affirmed protections for young immigrant “dreamers,” scrapped Trump’s ban on travel from seven majority-Muslim countries, and ordered a 100-day moratorium on deportations by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
He also sent a broad immigration overhaul proposal to Congress, including an eight-year pathway to citizenship for immigrants without legal status.
More moves followed in rapid-fire succession.
The president ordered a major increase in refugee admissions. He launched a task force to reunify families separated by Trump’s “zero tolerance” crackdown while easing restrictions for minors under Title 42. And he ended the “Remain in Mexico” program Trump had used to send asylum seekers back across the border to wait outside U.S. territory for their cases to be decided — allowing hundreds of families crowded into squalid camps to enter the United States, producing emotional scenes that circulated widely in Spanish-language media.