White Home Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Thursday mentioned that President Joe Biden has “accomplished extra” to safe the souther border and take care of the immigration disaster “than anyone else.”
Her feedback come after fellow Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez instructed the New York Occasions that immigration is the Biden administration’s “weakest concern.”
“The president has accomplished extra to safe the border and to take care of this concern of immigration than anyone else. He actually has!” Jean-Pierre mentioned Thursday.
“Look, the president has accomplished what he can from right here, from the federal authorities, from the White Home to place forth and handle our border in a protected and humane approach to respect the dignity of each human, as he says on a regular basis, and ensuring that our communities are protected,” she added.
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The press secretary went on to say “the system is damaged” and that Republicans “refuse to work with the White Home in “a bipartisan method.”
In her interview with the New York Occasions, Ocasio-Cortez acknowledged that “Immigration is arguably this administration’s weakest concern. That is one space the place our coverage is dictated by politics, arguably extra so than virtually some other.”
She claimed that the present administration hasn’t listened to her or different progressive lawmakers’ coverage suggestions on the problem as a result of they concern political repercussions.
“There are very clear suggestions and ideas that we’ve made to the administration to offer reduction on this concern, and it’s my perception that a number of the hesitation round this has to do with a concern round simply being seen as approving or offering permission buildings, or actually simply the Republican narratives which have surrounded immigration,” she mentioned.
Karine Jean-Pierre was additionally requested why President Biden didn’t meet with New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday. Hochul has pressed the White Home to take govt motion to assist the state combine greater than 100,000 asylum seekers that arrived within the state.
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Jean-Pierre maintained that regardless of lacking the assembly, he despatched DHS Secretary Mayorkas and his chief of employees — indicating the significance of the assembly — and that he has a “superb relationship” with the governor.
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He missed the assembly, she mentioned, as a result of the president “has plenty of it on his plate.”
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“Look, the president has plenty of it on his plate. As you mentioned, this is a crucial US essential concern as properly. However when you could have the chief of employees, when you could have the Secretary of Homeland Safety, they’re assembly with the governor, I believe that reveals how essential the president thought assembly was to verify he had his high folks talking along with her as properly,” she mentioned.
Fox Information Digital’s Gabriel Hays and Timothy Nerozzi contributed to this report.