“Parents should not be sending their kids north right now?” one reporter asked Psaki. “Assolutamente no. This is not the time to come– we’ve not had the time to put in place an immigration system, an immigration policy,” lei rispose.
“We don’t have the processing we need at the border, obviously we’re continuing to struggle with facilities to ensure that we’re abiding by Covid protocols,” Psaki continued.
Psaki also faced questions on the newly reopened child migrant facility previously used under the Trump administration. The facility is being reactivated to hold up to 700 children ages 13 per 17, according to The Washington Post.
The press secretary denied comparisons to the “kids in cages” criticism of the Trump administration.
“We are in a circumstance where we’re not going to expel unaccompanied migrants at the border. That would be inhumane,” lei disse.
“This is a facility that was opened that is going to follow the same standard as other HHS facilities,” ha continuato. “It is not a replication certainly not that’s never our intention replicating the immigration policies of the past administration.”
President Biden campaigned on reversing the Trump administration’s “draconian” politiche di immigrazione, but said in December it would take the new White House six months to do so in order to prevent triggering a surge of “2 million people on our border.”
Biden has vowed to scrap the Trump administration’s policy mandating that most Central Americans trying to migrate to the U.S. stay in Mexico while their asylum claims are reviewed. But he admitted he can’t do so right away.
Amid an increasing number of immigrants being detained at the nation’s southern border since his presidential election victory over Trump last month, Biden emphasized that “the last thing we need is to say we’re going to stop immediately the, sai, the access to asylum the way it’s being run now and end up with 2 million people on our border.
But on certain matters, the president has already taken executive action. Last month he signed an order halting construction of the southern border wall while the administration studies whether it can redivert money that has been assigned to the project.
Ha anche firmato un memorandum per proteggere il 2012 Azione differita per gli arrivi infantili (SE) programma, che protegge dalla deportazione gli immigrati giunti nel paese illegalmente da bambini.
Nel frattempo, Biden is pushing ahead with an immigration plan that includes an eight-year path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants and immediate green cards for farmworkers and DACA and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) destinatari.
Fox News’ Adam Shaw ha contribuito a questo rapporto.