White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield dismissed the record surge of unaccompanied migrant children and illegal aliens crossing the U.S.-Mexico border as a “cyclical issue” and denied that it is worse than any other time in history during an interview Sunday on ABC’s “This Week”.
“There is something different here and that is the unaccompanied minors. And we already have a record number of unaccompanied minors in U.S. custody. And in a single day just last week, there were an additional 1,000 minors who were caught captured– you know, who were brought into U.S. custody coming across the border,” host Jonathan Karl told Kate Bedingfield while displaying a numbers on the screen of the administration’s first 100 days.
“These are record numbers already, and the seasonal surge that you’re talking about is only just beginning. This is not, in terms of unaccompanied minors, this is not the same as it’s been,” Karl informed Bedingfield. “This is worse, is it not?”
The Biden official claimed, “Well, no. And if you look at the numbers it’s not. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a serious.”
Karl interjected: “These are already record numbers of unaccompanied minors. A thousand in a single day. Already record numbers. It’s not the same.”
Bedingfield, however, falsely claimed the numbers are the “same” adding, “These are the same kind of surges that we’ve seen”. Continued Below
“But look, the important thing here is not a question of whether it’s the same or not. The important thing here is that the president has said this is unacceptable to him and he’s working to address it. And the way we do that is by finding temporary shelter for these kids who are coming without an adult and also by speeding up the process,” she alleged, appearing to deflect from the numbers Karl presented to her.
“It’s also important to be clear that our policy hasn’t changed. The vast majority who arrive at our border we’re turning away under Title 42, under a health code that requires us, that allows us to turn people away in this period of COVID,” Bedingfield claimed. “So the vast majority of people showing up at our border, we are turning away.”
Earlier in the month, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas revealed that the U.S. is expected to reach the highest number of people apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border in two decades. Video Below
“We are on pace to encounter more individuals on the southwest border than we have in the last 20 years. We are expelling most single adults and families. We are not expelling unaccompanied children,” Mayorkas said in a statement.
White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield’s exchange with ABC’s Jonathan Karl:
.@jonkarl presses WH Comms Dir. Kate Bedingfield on the Biden administration's response to the situation at the southern border.
"The president is working as quickly as possible to address the situation…Ultimately, what we need to do is address the root causes of migration." pic.twitter.com/hxijmOACtM
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) March 28, 2021