“He’s basically saying the United States will not secure our border and that is a big welcome sign to migrants from across the world,” Cotton mentioned.
Cotton’s feedback underscored the political stress rising on Biden to handle the rising surge of migrants reaching the southern border. In February, U.S. border brokers apprehended greater than 100,000 individuals, a 28 p.c improve from January.
A repeated speaking level by Mayorkas on Sunday was that the Trump administration, which took a tough line on border coverage, was responsible as a result of it “dismantled the orderly, humane and efficient way” of coping with the migrant kids. Mayorkas mentioned the U.S. was expelling households and adults however is not going to flip again “young, vulnerable children.” He mentioned the U.S. was working to handle the difficulty with Mexico and Central American international locations the place the asylum seekers are coming from.
Cotton mentioned Biden ought to embrace the Trump administration’s insurance policies to handle the scenario on the border.
Cotton mentioned Biden ought to reinstate a “public health” restriction that he lifted for minors reaching the border. Cotton mentioned Biden must also embrace Trump-era insurance policies supposed to maintain pending asylum seekers in Mexico and power migrants to make asylum claims within the first nation they move by means of.
“Joe Biden could reimpose all three of those things this week if he wanted to,” Cotton mentioned.