White House press secretary Jen Psaki took issue Tuesday with the wording of a reporter’s question about why thousands of migrants are being flown into U.S. cities between sunset and sunrise.
The Biden administation keeps trying to address the border crisis with word games.
At the White House press briefing, Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy asked Psaki about a New York Post report documenting the Biden administation’s resettling of planeloads of underage migrants from Texas’ overwhelmed southern border to Florida and the New York area.
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— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) October 19, 2021
Psaki responded by challenging Doocy’s characterization of the planes as flying in “the middle of the night,” saying, “We re talking about early flights.”
- As Doocy tried to point out, the flights described by the Post landed between 10 p.m. and 4:29 a.m.
- The sun in New York currently sets around 6 p.m. and rises around 7 a.m., delimiting nighttime as commonly understood.
Reading from notes, Psaki went on to repeat the administration’s stated position: “It is our legal responsibility to safely care for unaccompanied children until they can be swiftly unified with a parent or a vetted sponsor.”
The Biden administration has repeatedly downplayed the historic surge of migrants across the U.S.-Mexico border which has been fueled in part by its reversal of President Donald Trump’s immigration restrictions.
- Top administration officials have steadfastly refused to refer to the situation as a “crisis,” even after a slip-up by President Joe Biden.
- They have insisted the “border is closed” while more than 1.7 million border crossers have been apprehended in fiscal year 2021, an all-time record annual rate.
- Vice President Kamala Harris has sought to distance herself from the role of “border czar,” saying she is focused on “the root causes” of migration from Central America.
- In February, the Biden administration directed immigration officials to stop using terms like “illegal alien” in favor of “more inclusive language.”
— Forbes (@Forbes) February 16, 2021