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Mehdi Hasan, Dan Crenshaw Clash on ‘Open Border’ As Democrats Condemn Deportations

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President Joe Biden’s border problem has drawn condemnation from both sides of the political spectrum, with Republicans condemning what they claim is a “crisis” created by the White House’s “open border” policies, while Democrats speak out against the ongoing deportations of new arrivals.

The situation, which the White House is refusing to term a “crisis,” has become a dark cloud looming over the beginning of Biden’s term. The issue is drawing attention away from Biden’s efforts to refocus America’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, offering Republicans a potent attack line and opportunity to vindicate former President Donald Trump’s controversially tough border stance.

A heated debate between MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) on Sunday summed up the divisive nature of the border in America’s political divide, now being magnified by a surge in new arrivals at the southern frontier. The rising number of unaccompanied minors is of particular concern, with some 15,500 now in Customs and Border Protection custody.

The Statista infographic below shows the rising number of detentions of unaccompanied minors and family units at the southern border since Biden took office in January.

Border patrol agents detain undocumented immigrants next to the U.S.-Mexico border fence after the women crossed the Rio Grande into El Paso on March 17, 2021 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
John Moore/Getty Images

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

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