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White House denies Biden needs to visit the southern border

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki asked a reporter why President Joe Biden would need to visit the southern border after the country's immigration system was tested by a surge of Haitian migrants crossing illegally in Texas.

"What would you like him to do at the southern border, and what impact do you think that would have on policy?" Psaki asked Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy.

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This comes after Doocy asked her earlier this week when Biden last flew south to see the situation at the border and in government migrant facilities.

Psaki added Biden was "well aware" of the immigration problem after watching it "closely over the last four years," referring to former President Donald Trump's time in office.

"It's an issue of what's most constructive to address what we see as a challenging situation at the border and a broken immigration system," Psaki said. "And his view is the most constructive role we can play is by helping to push immigration reform forward, helping reform the broken policies of the last several years, and listening to his team of advisers who have been to the border multiple times."

Vice President Kamala Harris, the administration's point person on countering the root causes of migration, faced similar pressure to visit the border before traveling to El Paso, Texas.

Immigration has been thrust back into the political spotlight after roughly 30,000 migrants formed a makeshift camp under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, last week. Many were Haitian, and the United States repatriated 2,000 to their island on 17 expulsion flights.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told reporters Friday the camp has since been dismantled.

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"Approximately 12,400 individuals will have their cases heard by an immigration judge to make a determination on whether they will be removed or permitted to remain," he said. "An estimated 8,000 migrants have decided to return to Mexico voluntarily, and just over 5,000 are being processed by DHS to determine whether they will be expelled or placed in immigration or legal proceedings."

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