During his first press conference, which was predictably tainted by obvious gaffes and what many consider to be softball questions from the small number of reporters allowed to attend the socially distanced event, Joe Biden said he is flattered that illegal immigrants are coming to America in record numbers due to his perception as someone who will allow them into the country, but insisted that “nothing has changed” regarding America’s immigration policies since President Donald Trump left office.
“I guess I should be flattered people are coming because I’m a nice guy, that’s the reason that it’s happening, I’m a decent man, or however it’s phrased, that’s why they’re coming, because Biden’s a good guy. The truth is nothing has changed,” said Biden.
Joe Biden is flattered that people think illegal immigrants are coming because he’s a nice guy: pic.twitter.com/Ex08OzRPWL
— Media Right News (@MediaRightNews1) March 25, 2021
Biden then dodged the blame, insisting that the number of unaccompanied minors and illegal immigrants seeking to enter the United States has always risen year over year, and it has nothing to do with his policy changes. In fact, Biden ended several of President Trump’s policies, including those that requires would-be asylum seekers to remain in Mexico. Biden also reinstated the controversial “catch and release” policy that allows illegal immigrants to remain in the United States after they are arrested, with the hope that they will eventually appear for their eventual court date.
Despite Biden’s unsubstantiated claim that the border crisis has been ongoing for years, he still refused to visit the southern border, claiming that he does not want to make the issue about him.
“One of the reasons I haven’t gone down,” said Biden, “is I don’t want to become the issue. I don’t want to be bringing all the Secret Service and everybody with me to get in the way.”
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 25, 2021