American News Mar 31, 2021 3:00 AM EST

White House and illegal smugglers point fingers for current surge at border

Blame for the current crisis at the southern border is being passed between the coyotes smuggling people across the border who blame Biden’s immigration policies and the White House who point to the coyotes messaging.

White House and illegal smugglers point fingers for current surge at border
Hannah Nightingale Washington DC
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Blame for the current crisis at the southern border is being passed between the coyotes smuggling people across the border who blame Biden’s immigration policies and the White House who point to the coyotes messaging.

National Security Council official Roberta Jacobson told MSNBC that the current surge of unaccompanied minors coming across the border were due to the annual reasons during the spring and illegal smugglers messaging being louder than the Biden administration's.

"The first [thing] is to make sure that we have as robust messaging as the smugglers do. And let's be honest, people who are encouraging unaccompanied children or migration through irregular means are mostly the smugglers who are agile and who are very loud. So we make sure that our messaging is loud that is not the case, that the border is not open," said Jacobsen.

"The second thing we do though, is we have to understand that these trends are also seasonal. They occur at the beginning of the spring every year. Yes it is a larger group than usual, but they will also diminish at a certain point," Jacobsen continued.

Univision recently spoke with alleged human smugglers, who told the interviewer that the "benefits" the Biden Administration is offering to migrants was encouraging people to make the journey, not the seasonal surge Jacobsen talked about.

"Is business booming right now? Does it pay well?" Univision asked an alleged smuggler.

"It does, given the situation with the people," he responded.

The two men seen in the video have reportedly built a thriving smuggling business that helps bring Central American families seeking asylum into the US.

"We just come here to earn our daily bread like everybody else… In all honesty, there are way too many people. Believe me," the second alleged coyote says. "With the benefits your new president is now granting, people found the courage to come."

Biden has rolled back Trump era immigration policies and has given many undocumented citizens reason to believe that they will be granted citizenship through his day one immigration bill, according to NBC.

According to a Customs and Border Protection tweet, the CBP encountered 100,441 people trying to enter the country at the southern border in February, up 28 person from January, and up nearly 3 times from the previous year.

During Biden's first press conference, he told reporters "I guess I should be flattered people are coming because I'm the nice guy, that’s the reason why its' happening.... truth of the matter is nothing has changed."

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