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Biden's misleading claims about Haitian migrants in Del Rio

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Biden administration officials are struggling to explain a massive influx of Haitian migrants, failing to reconcile what is happening at the southern border and what President Joe Biden’s aides have said.

Administration officials insist the thousands of Haitian migrants turning up in Del Rio, Texas, are being expelled from the United States upon their arrival.

“If you come to the United States illegally, you will be returned,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said this week.

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Defending the lack of vaccination requirements for undocumented migrants at the border, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the migrants aren’t subjected to the same COVID-19 travel restrictions as Americans because they will eventually be expelled.

“They’re not intending to stay here for a lengthy period of time,” Psaki said on Monday.

But the Department of Homeland Security has allowed thousands of Haitian migrants into the U.S. with instructions to appear in immigration court at a later date, contradicting the Biden administration’s claims.

Many have been put on planes and flown to other federal facilities along the southern border to relieve overcrowding in the squalid camp that appeared in Del Rio last week. Those migrants have often been released with notices to appear at court dates that could be a year or more into the future.

Psaki said Monday the administration has been “expediting repatriation flights” to bring Haitians back to their home country or to South American countries.

But with roughly 15,000 migrants languishing in Texas, the administration reportedly sent just 320 migrants back to Haiti across three flights on Sunday and ramped up to just seven repatriation flights by Wednesday.

Democrats have fanned outrage over images of Border Patrol agents on horseback who were accused of whipping Haitian migrants as they ran from authorities at the border.

Vice President Kamala Harris joined fellow Democrats in condemning the agents' actions caught in the photographs, telling reporters she felt “deeply troubled” by the images and vowing to speak to Mayorkas about the episode.

Psaki on Wednesday continued the narrative by decrying “brutal and inappropriate” actions by the mounted Border Patrol agents.

However, experts said Border Patrol agents don’t actually use whips and that the ropes in the pictures are long reins meant for better control of the horses.

Despite the scenes of chaos and crowds at the border, the Biden administration has continued to insist its immigration enforcement policies are working.

“The border is secure. We're executing our plan,” Mayorkas testified before Congress on Wednesday. Under questioning from Republicans, Mayorkas claimed the border is “no less secure” now than before Biden took office.

His tone-deaf defense is the latest example of Biden administration officials talking about the border in terms that seem disconnected from reality.

Biden faced criticism from Republicans in the spring when he claimed a surge in illegal border crossings was simply the result of seasonal migration patterns, which he insisted during his first press conference were no different from border numbers in previous years.

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That was not true — illegal border crossings this year have hit the highest levels in more than two decades, and the numbers in the spring far outpaced records during the same season in previous years.

Biden and his top aides have also repeatedly blamed former President Donald Trump for a border crisis they refused to label as urgent. The president said in March that Trump “dismantled all the elements that exist to deal with what had been a problem” at the border — even though it was Biden who entered office by rescinding all of Trump’s immigration policies on his first day in office.

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Tags: News, Border Crisis, Border Patrol, Alejandro Mayorkas, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris

Original Author: Sarah Westwood

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