We could not see it as any more different from the policy of the prior administration, which the President feels, we all feel, was inhumane, immoral, ineffective, wasn't operationally working. Because of the dysfunction of it, we have led to a very broken system that we're dealing with today. — White House press secretary Jen Psaki
We could not see it as any more different from the policy of the prior administration, which the President feels, we all feel, was inhumane, immoral, ineffective, wasn't operationally working. Because of the dysfunction of it, we have led to a very broken system that we're dealing with today. — White House press secretary Jen Psaki
Crisis of Haitian migrants exposes rifts for Biden on immigration
The migrant situation in Texas has exposed deep divisions both within Biden's administration and among some of the President's staunchest allies over how to approach the thorny issue of immigration. Debates over how to handle a worsening migrant crisis have spilled into public view, laying bare the challenges facing the President on an issue with no easy solution.

Biden himself has remained publicly silent, even as the debate swirls around him over his administration's actions, prompting some members of Congress to say they are looking to hear more.

... Biden, while committed to creating a more humane system, has expressed concern at being seen as overly lenient, according to officials, who said the President fears he could open himself to political attack while also potentially aggravating the situation by sending a signal for migrants to come to the United States.

The competing instincts have forced the administration to walk a tightrope that seems to have satisfied no one.

... The White House has rejected comparisons to the Trump administration, and has pointed to actions Biden took in the hours after being sworn in to reverse some of the harsh tactics employed by his predecessor.

"We could not see it as any more different from the policy of the prior administration, which the President feels, we all feel, was inhumane, immoral, ineffective, wasn't operationally working," press secretary Jen Psaki said on Thursday. "Because of the dysfunction of it, we have led to a very broken system that we're dealing with today."


Inside the White House, Biden's advisers have debated the merits of tougher enforcement measures on migration for months. Some have argued imposing stricter order on the process will ultimately create better political conditions for passing substantive immigration reform in Congress, people familiar with the discussions said.

But others have largely written off the possibility of legislative action, and say Biden must uphold his promises to instill greater humanity into the system, which they say was stripped out during Trump's tenure.

... One voice mostly absent in the ongoing debate over immigration is Biden's. He has not weighed in publicly on the scenes of desperation in Del Rio, and when he tried to address the images of officers on horseback during an Oval Office meeting on Tuesday, his words were drowned out by shouting from members of his press team.

"His actions make clear how horrible and horrific he thinks these images are," Psaki said Thursday.
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