California Gov. Gavin Newsom has blamed Republicans for the ongoing crisis at the southern border. Newsom made the remarks while visiting a state-funded migrant center that provides services to asylum seekers near the Imperial County border with Mexico on Monday.
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Newsom claimed Republicans and conservative pundits were to blame for the crisis because they had “politicized” migration, according to The Los Angeles Times. He added that the GOP and conservative news pundits are exploiting the border crisis as strictly a border security issue and ignoring the need for sweeping border reforms.
“Everyone needs to get off their ideological perch and start dealing with the reality in a comprehensive manner,” Newsom said.
Newsom made the extraordinary claims even though President Joe Biden, a member of Newsom’s party, has mainly compounded the border crisis with his policies. Since Biden took office, the number of migrants trying to cross the border has skyrocketed due to the president’s failure to tackle the border crisis.
In a move that will further exacerbate the crisis, the Biden administration has moved to end Title 42 — a pandemic-era policy that barred migrants from entering the country — in 7 days. Title 42 allowed border enforcement agents to swiftly expel illegal migrants caught entering the country, even if they were asylum seekers.
National Border Patrol Council VP, Art Del Cueto, said ending Title 42 is a “horrific” move and that he expects more illegal immigrants to come through the border.
“The floodgates had already been opened. But with this, you are pretty much handing over the keys to our borders to the criminal cartel and the criminal organizations,” Cueto said.
Cueto added that the Biden administration has not done much to manage the crisis and that with Title 42 gone, there will be members of criminal organizations coming through the border to seek asylum.
Despite the crisis at the border, Biden has refused to visit the border. The president came under heavy criticism after telling reporters he would not be visiting the border because “more important things were going on.” He made the remark after a reporter asked why he was not visiting the border despite visiting a border state.