White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told MSNBC that the record number of illegal alien entries at the southern border is the fault of House Republicans, adding that the president is doing everything possible to stop the flow.
“We need to continue to work together on border security, right? The president, first day in his administration, in a couple of weeks, we’re going to hit three years since the president’s been in the administration. The first thing that he put forward was a comprehensive immigration law,” Jean-Pierre said. “And that’s because he believed that our system was broken and that it had been broken for decades and wanted to take that seriously.”
“But we need, we need Republicans in Congress to work with us on that. We appreciate the negotiations that are currently happening in the Senate. It’s headed in the right direction. We want to come up with a bipartisan agreement,” she continued, shifting blame to House Republicans. “But we saw what the House passed, ending of last year. They wanted to take away law enforcement folks who are at the border trying to protect our border. And so that’s not what we want to see.”
After stating that House Republicans should find a way to work with the administration on a “unity agenda,” Jean-Pierre insinuated that the impeachment inquiry into the president’s alleged involvement with his son’s business dealings is contributing to the crisis.
“There’s a lot of ways that we can work with Congress instead of them going after the president’s family. They should really, truly, truly focus on the American family,” she said.
In a separate interview with CNN, the White House spokeswoman took aim at Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s decision to bus illegal aliens from Texas to “sanctuary cities.”
“It is shameful that a Republican governor, Governor Abbott in Texas, is using migrants as a political stunt. That’s what he’s been doing.” Jean-Pierre said.
“And the busing of migrants, the putting them on flights, it is shameful that that is occurring. And instead of – if the governor really truly wants to deal with this issue, he should talk to the senators in his state and actually ask them to work with us.”
In the fiscal year 2023, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol recorded more than 3.2 million illegal alien encounters on the southern border alone. These figures do not include “gotaways” and those who are avoiding detection.
The vast majority of illegal aliens are given a court date to process their asylum claims before they are released into the wider United States.