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Joe Biden’s Handling of U.S.-Mexico Border Upsets Both Friend and Foe

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Issues at the southern border have sparked criticism of President Joe Biden and his administration from across the political spectrum.

There is usually a surge of migrants in spring and this year there have been boosted numbers. The U.S. is on course to see a 20-year high of people arriving at the southern border.

Republicans have branded the situation a crisis, a term the administration has avoided, and attributed it to Biden’s stances on immigration.

“This entire border crisis has been created simply by Joe Biden’s actions and words,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) tweeted on Sunday.

Several of his GOP colleagues have issued similar condemnations of Biden.

McCarthy previously wrote to Biden asking for a meeting and urging bipartisan work to address the situation. He also pushed for resumption of the construction of the border wall—which Biden put a pause on at the start of his presidency.

Along with this, Biden has pushed for a widespread revision of immigration policies. His administration and allies have blamed issues on his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, branding the system handed to Biden as broken.

Such comments have welcomed further criticism, with former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows questioning such remarks and Trump himself issuing a rebuke of this.

Trump said in a statement on Sunday that the Biden administration had been “handed” the “most secure border in history.” He also called for wall construction to begin again, urging its completion.

On the administration’s stances, there have been calls for clarity on its messaging. Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) last week urged “strong, clear, and consistent messaging that our border is closed to irregular migration.”

Republicans have also taken issue with messaging, suggesting remarks urging people not to come to the border came “too late.”

Biden last week, speaking in an ABC News interview, told people to refrain from travelling to the border.

Statista

Update 3/22/21, 7:20 a.m. ET: This article was updated to include and infographic.

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