ABC News’ Jon Karl raised some questions with White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield on Sunday, which may have just made her accidentally admit more information than she intended to — that the border crisis is worse than we previously imagined.
When asked about the Biden administration's handling of the situation at the border, WH Communications Director Kate Bedingfield tells @jonkarl "our policy hasn't changed. The vast majority of people who arrive at our border, we're turning away." https://t.co/kqETrDxc3S pic.twitter.com/wGsVKFx4IM
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Karl asked her, “We’re having record numbers already and the surge that you’re talking about is only just beginning. This is not, I mean in terms of unaccompanied minors, this is not the same as its been,” Karl said. “This is worse, is it not?”
Bedingfield insisted that it was the same. Karl persisted, saying that record numbers of unaccompanied minors was not the same. “I’m saying these are already record numbers of unaccompanied minors,” he said. “A thousand in a single day, already record numbers. It’s not the same.”
Then Bedingfield, realizing she wasn’t selling the ‘it’s the same’ idea, tried a different gambit by saying whether it was the same or not didn’t matter; the important thing is that it was “unacceptable” to Biden and he’s “working to address it.” Well, if you don’t even get that it’s more, how does anyone believe that you know what you’re talking about — or that you’re really doing anything to address it, particularly when you caused it?
So what are they doing to address it? Bedingfield said they were concentrating on “finding temporary housing.”
Um, how about concentrate on stopping the flow? If all you are doing is trying to put a bucket under a leak, it will continue to leak. What they should have done, if they actually didn’t want this to happen, was just leave the protections that President Donald Trump had installed in place. The fact that they didn’t is indicative that they’re not really serious about actually stopping this.
From Townhall, here’s more spinning from Bedingfield:
“I think it’s also important to be clear that our policy hasn’t changed, that the vast majority of people who arrive at our border we’re turning away under Title 42, the health code that requires us, or allows us, to turn people away in this period of COVID,” she explained. “So people should understand that the vast majority of people who show up at our border, we’re turning away.”
So, here’s the problem with what she said. First, it isn’t true that they’re turning away the vast majority of unaccompanied minors; they’ve already admitted they’re not rejecting them, albeit saying they might not all ultimately get to stay. But second of all, if they’re turning away the vast majority of the rest, that means that the people crossing are more than we’re even being told, because we’re only hearing about the folks being processed. That’s not even counting those that get through and aren’t counted either.
As Townhall explains:
[T]here are 5,495 unaccompanied minors in CBP custody, another 12,551 unaccompanied minors in HHS custody, meaning there are 18,045 unaccompanied minors in U.S. custody. Last week, Border Patrol had a record 1,000 unaccompanied minors captured in one day.
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