Democrats SPLIT over Biden's migrant policies as president prepares for first ... trends now
Not even Democrats are sure about Joe Biden's plan to tackle migration – as the president prepares for his first-ever trip to the southern border just days after unveiling a scheme that includes flying in 30,000 migrants every month.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chairwoman Nanette Diaz Barragán praised the administration's new legal pathways for citizenship in her first major statement in her new role.
Meanwhile, former CHC Chair Joaquin Castro released his own statement condemning Biden's plan – specifically the part where Title 42 expulsion policies will remain in use.
Biden, for the first time, delivered a speech Thursday dedicated solely to how his administration will tackle the migration crisis at the southern border. The remarks, and his impending visit on Sunday afternoon, comes after two years of Republicans demanding that the president do something to help struggling border communities.
Texas GOP Congressman Dan Crenshaw said Sunday morning that Biden's Title 42 reform is 'virtue signaling' – but told CNN's State of the Union host Jake Tapper that he is 'open' to working with Democrats when it comes to border policies.
The president's plan includes allowing 30,000 Haitian, Cuban, Venezuelan and Nicaraguan asylum-seekers into the U.S. every month, but also expands Trump-era Title 42, which allows for the immediate deportation of asylum-seekers due to public health concerns.
Democrats are split over President Joe Biden's plan to tackle the migrant crisis, which includes expanding Title 42 while allowing 30,000 migrants every month to legally enter the U.S. through the air and at ports of entry if they pre-register their asylum claims using a cell phone app
Migrants camping on the streets in El Paso, Texas were cleared out ahead of Biden's first-ever trip to the border on Sunday. Pictured: A Venezuelan flag hangs outside the Sacred Heart Church in downtown El Paso on Saturday, January 7 where migrants camp out after illegally crossing the border
'I am deeply disappointed to see the Biden administration extending failed Trump-era immigration policies that exacerbate chaos and irregular migration at the Southern border,' Castro said in a statement