White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki dismissed criticism by former President Donald Trump regarding a surge in unaccompanied minors crossing the southern border, saying, ”We don’t take our advice or counsel from former President Trump on immigration policy.”
Psaki’s comment came after Trump blasted the Biden administration earlier in the day, issuing a statement through his Save America political action committee that blamed the administration for a ”spiraling tsunami at the border.”
Psaki referred to the Trump administration’s policy as ”ineffective” and ”immoral.”
”Obviously we’re going to have more kids across the — in the country — since we have been letting unaccompanied minors stay,” she said. ”And the last administration immorally kicked them out.”
But critics have said the Biden administration’s policies have created a flood at the border, encouraging and inviting illegal border crossings.
”At the end of the day, the Biden administration, through its policies, is facilitating and encouraging these individuals to come forward across that border illegally,” former Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told Newsmax TV on Feb. 26.
Psaki’s statements come a day after she steadfastly refused to credit the Trump administration for expediting the development of a vaccine for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, instead suggesting that the death toll was the fault of the previous administration.
President Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas have both rejected the situation at the border situation as a ”crisis.”
However, Texas Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar released a statement Thursday noting that approximately 10,000 illegal immigrants have been apprehended in the past week in the Del Rio border sector and that the country is ”weeks, maybe even days, away from a crisis.”
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