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‘Sounds like a crisis!’ Joe Biden shutdown by interviewer during US-Mexico border probe

Joe Biden grilled by reporter over US-Mexico border 'crisis'

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The US President has sat down with TODAY’s Craig Melvin for a head to head interview to mark the Democrat leader’s first 100 days in office. Joe Biden was pressed on his administration record in a number of key areas including his Covid response and the economy. However, the President’s defence of his actions on immigration sparked a cutting slapdown from the host. 

Addressing the scale of the problem facing US border control, Mr Melvin said: “In April alone Mr President 170,000 people migrant apprehended at the border.

“That is a twenty-year record.

“There are 22,000 unaccompanied children in our country right now, that is a record.

“That sound to most folks like a crisis.”

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Mr Biden had looked to defend his administration handling of the immigration crisis, telling the programme the issue was getting “urgent action.”

The US president said: “A month ago we had thousands of young kids in custody.

“It is way down now.”

He also looked to shift blame for the migrant crisis along the Mexican border onto the previous president Donald Trump.

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Mr Biden blamed the Trump White House for not planning for what he claimed was a seasonal surge in migrants attempting to enter the United States.

“They didn’t plan for, which comes every year, this flow.

“They didn’t have the beds that were available.

“They didn’t plan for the overflow.”

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The United States’ southern border faces a growing crisis as caravans of migrants make their way from south and central America, fleeing poverty and economic hardship.

Last month President Biden was forced to deploy an additional 10,000 troops to the countries frontier with Mexico.

The US-Mexico border is key transit for migrant crossing over the border illegally.

Border agencies in the US have struggled to cope with the thousands of migrants arriving, with insufficient shelter and a rise in accompanied minors fueling concern from aid agencies.

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