White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki during a Monday press conference apparently didn't get the memo yet as to Biden's admitting that there is a border crisis:
"The president does not feel that children coming to our border seeking refuge from violence, economic hardships and other dire circumstances is a crisis," says the tweet.
Psaki was asked point-blank about whether the situation at the border is now being defined a crisis by the Biden administration. She replied:
"Let me first say that we have made some progress, some progress in moving children from... out of Border Patrol facilities into shelters. Nearly 1000 unaccompanied minors were transferred out of CPB facilities and into the care of Health and Human Services just this weekend. We still have a lot of work to do, but that is a step forward, in our view."
Psaki then spun the question to put the label "crisis" on the situation at the source of these mass migrations, in Central American nations.
"The president does not feel that children coming to our border seeking refuge from violence, economic hardships and other dire circumstances is a crisis."
"He does feel that the crisis in Central America, the dire circumstances that many are fleeing from, that he, that that is a situation we need to spend our time, our effort on, and we need to address it if we are goint to prevent another influx of migrants from coming in years to come."
Despite Psaki's official position, where she still goes to great lengths to avoid the term "crisis" when referring to the situation at the border. President Biden himself has actually indeed admitted in public at least once that the situation at the border is, in fact, a crisis. While golfing, he was recorded referring to the "crisis that ended up on the border with young people."
Psaki also continued waffling on the amount of refugees the US will admit this fiscal year, simply talking about the White House's "ambition" without giving any clear figures.
Biden originally wanted to keep the Trump-era limit of 15,000 people, then raised the number all the way to a completely unfeasible 62,000, and then backpedaled on that number and left things hanging in the air.
Also of note is the fact that Biden, upon taking office, immediately cancelled reciprocal agreements with three Central American nations. Under these agreements, migrants were able to apply for and receive asylum without leaving their home countries, according to Yahoo! News.