Surge of Migrants at Southern Border Becoming Early Challenge for Biden Admin

Headline Roundup March 17th, 2021

U.S. Border Patrol apprehended nearly 100,000 migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border in February. The number of apprehensions, particularly of single adults and unaccompanied minors, have risen increasingly in the past ten months. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said this week that Border Patrol is "on pace to encounter more individuals on the southwest border than we have in the last 20 years." President Biden said Tuesday that he doesn't currently have plans to visit the southern border, and discouraged would-be migrants from traveling there. Recently pitched immigration bills, both from Democratic and Republican lawmakers, are currently being discussed in Congress.

Outlets on all sides, particularly the left and center, have focused on the rising number of unaccompanied children at the border and public health concerns about their detainment. Some recent reports from right-rated outlets framed Democrats as divided on the issue, and highlighted DHS requests for increased National Guard assistance along the border. Right-rated media has focused on the surge more overall, often painting the Biden administration as hesitant to confront the issue.

From the Right

Democrats are split on where they are placing blame for the spiraling crisis at the southern border, as Vice President Harris refuses to comment on the matter, claiming she hasn’t been briefed on the situation.

Liberal Democratic leadership has continued to deflect blame for the crisis on the policies of former President Donald Trump, while progressives remain opposed to the use of migrant detention centers and have expressed their dissatisfaction with Biden.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is standing by the commander-in-chief as of Wednesday, telling MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”...

Read full story
From the Left

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Tuesday the U.S. is expected to reach the highest number of people apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border in two decades.

“We are on pace to encounter more individuals on the southwest border than we have in the last 20 years. We are expelling most single adults and families. We are not expelling unaccompanied children," Mayorkas said in a statement addressing what he described as a “difficult” situation at the border.

“Our goal is a safe, legal and orderly immigration system that is based on...

Read full story
From the Center

The US is bracing for a 20-year high in numbers of migrants arriving at the southern border, including thousands of children who are being kept in government-run detention facilities that critics say are inhumane.

A pandemic health order means that most adults and families are being summarily turned away, but the Biden administration has allowed unaccompanied children under the age of 18 to enter the US while their claims are processed.

The record-breaking influx of children being held in these camps has led US officials to send in the Federal...

Read full story