Monday’s statement by President Biden stated that his administration is determined to address the border crisis and try to find out why so many migrants have fled their homeland to seek asylum in the United States.
“We are working a lot together with the neighboring countries. Biden stated that there is a lot of work to be done during a meeting at the White House with Vice President Kamala Hariri and the National Governors Association (NGA).
The president stated, “I think one the fundamental things we have to do, in addition to some changes we’ll be making, which we won’t get into today, is to figure out why they are leaving in the first instance.” It’s not like people just sit and say in Guadalajara: “I have a great idea. Let’s sell all we own, give it to the coyote, cross the border, and leave us in the desert where no one wants us.” We don’t know the language. It would be great fun.
He said, “You know there are gangs that we’re working with, there’s a lot of illegal movement but there’s also an option to start to address the reason they’re leaving.”
Biden’s remarks were made after Arkansas Governor. Asa Hutchinson (Republican and Chairman of the NGA) asked President Biden to describe what the administration is doing in order to stop the influx at the southern border.
“I was privileged to have worked in the Bush administration on border security and I am well aware of the difficulties it presents. Hutchinson stated that he knows how difficult it can be. “Some governors have sent our National Guard resources to the border, you know, at the state’s expense. We would welcome your feedback on how you are meeting this challenge, and what the future plans are in that regard.
Biden appointed Harris last March to manage the border crisis. Harris did not mention her efforts in immigration during her remarks at NGA.
In July, the Biden administration released its strategies to address “root causes” for migration from El Salvador and Guatemala.
The Root Causes Strategy, which was unveiled July 29, is divided into five pillars. They include addressing economic insecurity, inequality, combating corruption, strengthening democratic governance, and advancing law. Promoting respect for human rights and labor rights; countering and preventing violence, extortion, and other crimes committed by criminal gangs and trafficking networks. Also, combating domestic, sexual, and gender-based violence.
According to data from the Biden administration, the number of migrants crossing the southern border in December increased by 1% over the previous month. This is the latest indication that the crisis at the border will continue into 2022.
According to Customs and Border Protection data, December saw 178,840 migrant encounters, an increase of 173,620 in November. This was an increase in the October 164,753 apprehensions.
These numbers are significantly higher than those of the previous year, which saw 72,113 encounters in November, and 73 994 in December.