PBS NewsHour’s Yamiche Alcindor questioned President Joe Biden about the issues at the U.S.-Mexico border, during Biden’s first press conference as president March 25.
Biden blamed former President Donald Trump for dismantling systems to help address the flow of migrants from Mexico. “We’re building back up the capacity that should have been maintained and built upon that Trump dismantled. It’s going to take time,” Biden said.
Biden said there has been a 28 percent increase of children at the border, which is similar to the 31 percent increase in 2019 before the pandemic, under the Trump administration. “It happens every single solitary year — there is a significant increase in the number of people coming to the border in the winter months,” Biden said.
The president said the majority of migrants at the border are being sent back home. Additionally, he said over 70% of children coming across the border are 16 or 17 years old. “We’re not talking about people ripping babies from mother’s arms or little three-year-olds standing at the border,” he said.
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