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A prominent Democrat is sounding the alarm about Joe Biden’s handling of the border crisis.
Texas Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar is accusing the Biden administration of misleading the public about the purported success of its immigration policies.
The Department of Homeland Security released photos of a migrant processing facility in the border town of Donna, Texas, on Tuesday.
The photos showed sparsely populated plastic cages where crowds of children had been kept, suggesting that the Biden administration is effectively dealing with the crisis-level flood of illegal immigrant children that have come into the U.S. in recent months.
Below are some of the photos from the Biden administration that Cuellar says are misleading:
Cuellar says that the photos are misleading because the children who were previously in those plastic cages are still at the tent compound, just in different sections.
Officially, the children and teens have been transferred from Customs and Border Patrol custody into the hands of the Department of Health and Human Services, according to Border Report.
“All they’re doing is they’re moving kids from one tent to the other tent and saying, ‘Oh, they’re not in the Border Patrol [custody],’ but they’re right next door,” Cuellar told Border Report. “They’re just next door in HHS.”
In a statement released along with the photos on Tuesday, DHS acknowledged that the children are in HHS custody while playing up the nearly empty plastic cages as a success of the Biden administration. The DHS statement also blamed the current border crisis on the previous Trump administration.
“DHS and HHS were left to rebuild the capacity to shelter and process the children, after having inherited a system that had been entirely dismantled by the prior administration. These photos demonstrate the tremendous progress that DHS and its partners have made to safely and efficiently transfer unaccompanied children out of CBP custody and into the care of the Department of Health and Human Services.
“After four years of an immigration system rooted in destructive and chaotic policies, President Biden is taking the challenge head-on and is building a fair, orderly, and humane immigration system. That’s our objective,” Psaki said. “After coming into office, our administration immediately jumped into action to address the influx of migrants at the border, something that began during and was exacerbated by the Trump administration.”
Not long after Joe Biden claimed the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border is “under control,” new data reveals that Biden could not be further from the truth.
Chief Patrol Chief Chris Clem tweeted that the Yuma Sector, which stretches across Arizona’s border with Mexico, apprehended over 1,600 illegal immigrants over the weekend.
And that is just at one major border sector. There are dozens more.
#YumaSector apprehended more than 1,600 migrants over the weekend. Agents encountered 13 groups of 30+ that illegally crossed into the US from Mexico. The migrants crossed in areas where there is no infrastructure to deter people from illegally crossing the border on foot. pic.twitter.com/QvxDDmBnHc
— Chief Patrol Agent Chris T. Clem (@USBPChiefYUM) May 3, 2021
Biden and Kamala Harris are now facing fury from Democrats as to his handling, or really their creation, of the current border crisis.
This week three Democrat senators, two from the border state of Arizona, criticized the Biden Administration’s handling of the border crisis.
Biden had already taken heat from Republicans for his lack of discussion about the border in his joint address.
In an interview with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo, Donald Trump said that Biden “did not discuss the border” and that “they are pouring into our countries by the thousands.”
Trump said the wall would have been completed if he had not been sued by Democrats in Congress again and again.
Biden was also criticized by Texas Sen. John Cornyn who was disappointed with the lack of attention Biden gave to the border crisis in his speech.
“The time to deal with this is now, but like I said until the Administration acknowledges that there’s a problem and that we need to work on it together, it’s going to get nothing but worse,” he said.