- Trump derided Biden’s newly instated immigration agenda, saying there’s now a surge in migration at the border.
- In response to Trump’s criticism, Psaki fired back, saying the Biden administration doesn’t “take advice” from him.
- Starting on his first day in office, Biden signed a slew of executive orders meant to reverse Trump-era immigration policies.
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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Friday upheld the Biden administration’s immigration policies in response to criticism from former President Donald Trump.
The former president in a statement reported Friday derided Biden’s newly instated immigration agenda, which includes measures meant to reverse controversial Trump-era policies.
Trump said the reversal of his own policies led to a rise in migration at the southern border.
“The spiraling tsunami at the border is overwhelming local communities, depleting budgets, crowding hospitals, and taking jobs from legal American workers,” Trump said in a statement. “When I left office, we had achieved the most secure border in our country’s history. Under Biden, it will soon be worse, more dangerous, and more out of control than ever before. He has violated his oath of office to uphold our Constitution and enforce our laws.”
Under Biden, a migrant facility in Texas reopened to house unaccompanied minors between the ages of 13 and 17.
One reporter asked Psaki during her Friday press briefing about the criticism from Trump.
“We don’t take our advice or counsel from former President Trump on immigration policy, which was not only inhumane but ineffective over the last four years,” Psaki said, according to a transcript from the White House.
Stephen Miller, a Trump-appointed official responsible for the policy that led to the separation of children from their families at the border, also criticized the Biden administration.
“What we’re seeing here is the cruelty and inhumanity of Joe Biden’s immigration policies,” Miller said during an interview on a Fox News show last month.
“He came into office and announced that there’s an open door and that young people who come into this country illegally are going to be resettled instead of returned. He’s forcing thousands of young children into the arms of smugglers, into the arms of traffickers, into the arms of coyotes,” he said, referring to a nickname for border smugglers.
“We’re going to chart our own path forward, and that includes treating children with humanity and respect, and ensuring they’re safe when they cross our borders,” Psaki added.
Other Biden-appointed administrators also defended the White House’s immigration policies.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, for example, said the surge is not equivalent to a crisis at the border and the administration is strategizing potential ways to contain it. That could take the form of opening more facilities near the southern border, for example.
On his first day in office, Biden signed executive orders to end the ban on travel from mostly-Muslim countries, stop the construction of the US-Mexico border wall, and extend the Obama-era program to protect young immigrants from deportation.
Insider’s Ashley Collman contributed to this report.