JOE Biden has said Donald Trump is responsible for migrants flooding the US border because he got rid of $700million in foreign aid.
Biden said on Wednesday that this vital funding would have stopped the surge of migrants in Texas because it would have strengthened the economies of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.
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Biden will grilled about his border policies, gun control, and the $1.9trillion stimulus bill at a 1.15pm ET press conference today after charging Kamala Harris with stemming the tide of migration.
During his White House meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandra Mayorkas yesterday, Biden reportedly appeared to shift the blame.
He said: "This new surge we are dealing with now started with the last administration, but it's our responsibility to deal with it humanely and to stop what's happening.
"There was a serious spike in people heading to the southern border even in the midst of that [the Trump administration]. That was because there were serious natural disasters."
The New York Daily News reported that Biden vowed to recommit to the million dollar program to address the crucial situation.
There were 100,441 migrants expelled at the Mexican border by agents in February, which is the highest since 2019, the US Customs and Border Protection said.
But the number of families and migrants are actually lower than they were numerous times during Trump's presidency.
Fox News reported that there was a border surge May 2019 when over 130,000 migrants were apprehended there.
There just 16,182 in April 2020 due to the coronavirus crisis when migration slowed down considerably.
The Washington Post noted that this years increase "fits a predictable pattern of seasonal changes in undocumented immigration combined with a backlog of demand because of 2020's border closure."
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is now investigating whether Biden illegally stopped funding Trump's wall – and if their ruling isn't positive, it could help the GOP's argument that he broke the rules.
The watchdog probe was requested by 70 House GOP members on Tuesday before senior officials prepared to visit the US-Mexico border in Texas on Wednesday as a wave of unaccompanied minors and teens enter the US.
“He was in the Congress a long time,” Republican Senator Roy Blunt, chair of the Senate Republican Policy Committee said.
“He knows it’s the Congress' job to authorize how the money is spent and the president's job to spend it efficiently."
Likewise, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador blamed Biden for the border crisis, the Washington Post reported.
“Expectations were created that with the government of President Biden there would be a better treatment of migrants," Obrador said.
"And this has caused Central American migrants, and also from our country, wanting to cross the border thinking that it is easier to do so."
“They see [Biden] as the migrant president, and so many feel they’re going to reach the United States."
It's unlikely Biden will be impeached for freezing border wall funds, noted Politico,
Last year, Biden proclaimed that “not another foot of wall” would be constructed while he was in office.
The White House maintains that his freezing funds strategy gave the government time to decide what to do with the money.
An OMB official described it as “a necessary and responsible step for prudent management of federal funds."
Biden's administration also emphasize that they were transparent with the American public about halting the funds.
Biden’s pause has been described as a “programmatic delay" by his administration was announced publicly in a presidential proclamation on January 20, 2021.
The money will be released if the freeze is deemed to be illegal.
The probe comes as Biden officials and members of Congress visit the Refugee Resettlement Carrizo Springs Influx Care Facility in Carrizo Springs on Wednesday, Axios reported.
Mexico's president has said "we need to work together to regulate the flow, because this business can’t be tackled from one day to the next."
There have been talks between both countries to stem the wave of crime that has occurred as a result of the crisis as traffickers raked in a whopping $14million a day in February.
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