JOE Biden has pleaded with people not to come to the US as a Republican represenative claimed girls are being "raped and trafficked" during the border crisis.
During a bombshell interview on Tuesday evening, the president asked people not to breach the southern border amid a a critical surge of migrants and unaccompanied minors.
When ABC News' George Stephanopoulos asked "Do you have to say quite clearly, 'Don't come'?" Biden didn't mince his words.
"Yes, I can say quite clearly: Don't come over," Biden said from Darby, Pennsylvania. "Don't leave your town or city or community."
"The idea that Joe Biden said, 'Come,' because I heard the other day that they're coming because they know I'm a nice guy," Biden said. "Here's the deal: they're not."
Rep Maria Salazar, a Republican from Florida, claimed that young women were being sexually assaulted when Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy led a congressional delegation to a section of the Texas border on March 15.
"We need to join forces and send the message that we cannot allow what’s happening on the border because it’s our girls — Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua — the ones who are being raped," Salazar proclaimed.
"Our girls are the children who are being trafficked. …. Child sex trafficking is one of the highest international crimes booming in this country.
"In this country, you have to arrive legally. We must indeed reform the immigration system, without a doubt.
"But we should not enter this country illegally because our daughters and our families are put in danger during the journey. Also, the traffickers, the coyotes, are the ones who are making all the money."
She and other GOP members blamed Democratic messaging for encouraging migrants to make the treacherous journey.
Rep. Carlos Jimenez accused the Biden Administration’s border policies of "incentivizing" migrants to make the harrowing journey, noting that it took one family 22 days to arrive from Honduras.
Surging numbers of unaccompanied teens and children have been taken om custody along the US-Mexico border as they try to cross over into the USA.
Republicans claim this is because Biden tried to wind down President Donald Trump's harsh immigration policies – but Biden insisted they were sending people back.
"First of all, there was a surge in the last two years," the president said. "In '19 and '20, there was a surge, as well."
However, when Stephanopoulos noted that it may be "worse" this time around, Biden noted "it could be."
Over the course of the interview, Biden also blasted Vladimir Putin as "killer with no soul" and said Russia will "pay a price" for interfering in the US elections.
"He will pay a price," Biden said. "We had a long talk, he and I, when we — I know him relatively well.
"And the conversation started off, I said, 'I know you and you know me. If I establish this occurred, then be prepared."
When asked if Biden believes Putin is a killer, the president replied: "Mmm hmm, I do."
Biden also said that when he told Putin that he does not think he has a soul, the Russian President replied: "We understand each other."
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