In a Friday interview, President Joe Biden had a stern warning for migrant families as his administration continues to grapple with the huge numbers of unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Biden, 78, the Today show’s Craig Melvin that parents in South America and Mexico should not send their children here.
“Do not come here. Period,” he said in a message to migrant parents. “They’re in jeopardy making that thousand-mile trek.”
Asked whether the situation at the southern border is a “crisis” — as it has been described by advocates as well as Biden’s critics and, sometimes, by Biden himself — the president said the situation “is getting urgent action now.”
“For example, a month ago, we had thousands of young kids in custody in places they shouldn’t be, controlled by the Border Patrol. We have now cut that down dramatically.”
Immigration at the southern border, and Biden’s response, has been thrust into the national spot in recent months, as the U.S. government faces the latest in a pattern of increases in the number of unaccompanied migrant children crossing into the country.