Despite having changed immigration policy radically, officials in the Biden administration are still blaming the previous administration for the current emergency at the US's southern border.
The amount of people apprehended for illegal border crossings has risen to several times more than their previous low in April of 2020, when 16,182 people were caught. In February of 2021, by contrast, almost 100,000 people were apprehended.
According to the Daily Mail, the number of unaccompanied minors now in federal US custody exceeds 15,000, up from 4,500 just a few days ago, which was already a new record.
Biden officials are continuing to blame the Trump administration, claiming that he "deconstructed" the immigration and asylum system, and that they have had to start from scratch.
"The previous administration had so radically changed what we did on migration that, I think, the President felt very strongly that we had to act really quickly and really decisively to demonstrate that it wasn't going to be the same," said a senior immigration official.
One source talks about calling in FEMA to help with the massive influx of people, also denying the fact that there is indeed a crisis:
"Everyone wants to be like 'crisis, crisis, crisis, crisis' - but it's like, you know what, actually, things are going really well. Yes, we brought in FEMA, but you know what? That was the responsible thing to do."
Another anonymous source also claims that Biden has, in private, chastised officials for what he considers their poor performance.
"He was disappointed that we hadn't gotten answers from other agencies faster or that [the facilities] wouldn't be ready for children faster. He made it pretty clear that there were times when he didn't think we were moving fast enough."
Officials have also contracted companies to find hotel rooms to help deal with the overflow of migrants. Other measures being considered are flying people to the US's northern border and simply letting people go without a Notice To Appear, the latter meaning they would simply be at large in US territory.
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