Top White House officials were agitated after being confronted by New York Times reporter Michael Shear about the Biden administration’s appalling record on immigration.
What is the history?
Biden unveiled new immigration regulations on Thursday in an effort to resolve the ongoing border issue.
Expansion of the “parole” program, which encourages legal immigration, is part of the proposal. Biden, on the other side, vowed harsher penalties for immigrants who enter the country illegally. Additionally, an increase in Title 42 expulsions was announced by the Biden administration.
How did Shear respond?
Shear stated to John Kirby, the National Security Council’s chief for strategic communications, on Friday that despite their dislike of Donald Trump, immigration advocacy groups had never reacted as harshly to Trump as they had to Biden’s most recent action.
Shear claims that a prominent pro-immigration activist called Biden’s actions “a humanitarian disgrace.”
Shear informed Kirby that “it was mirrored across the board in literally tens of emails I got from every humanitarian group.”
“Naturally, we take a different view,” Kirby retorted. He clarified that Biden is attempting to strike a “balance” between broadening the number of legal routes available to immigrants while boosting up “enforcement tools” against those who enter the country illegally.
Shear was criticized later in the press briefing by White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who subsequently asserted that Biden’s policies are undercutting his own pledges.
“Lawsuits will be brought in the same manner as those that, as you may recall, was repeatedly brought against the Trump administration over its immigration policies,” according to Shear. “It will be against you people this time. That places you guys in a really awkward position, doesn’t it? I mean, this president spent a lot of time over the campaign trail speaking about how he intended to be different from Donald Trump when it comes to immigration issues.”
The comment incited Jean-Pierre, who retaliated by criticizing Trump.
“I take it, Michael, I see what you’re saying,” she added, adding, “I have to say. But I disagree with equating us with Donald Trump.”
Then, according to Jean-Pierre, as part of Trump’s “philosophy” on immigration, the Trump admin. “tore newborns away from their mothers, from their parents, from their families.”
However, Jean-Pierre left out the fact that immigration organizations have consistently chastised the Biden administration for severing migrant children from their families from her response.