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State spokesman Ned Price grilled on why migration has become so rampant under Biden


‘We have never been under any illusions’: State Department spokesman Ned Price is grilled on why migration has become so rampant under Biden – and insists ‘we are getting to the root factors’ of why the border is being flooded

  • State Department Spokesman Ned Price said that the Biden administration is ‘getting to the root factors of migration’
  • Comes as Republicans criticize current leadership for refusing to implement policies that would close the southern border to migrants 
  • August figures were released that brought the total number of CBP migrant encounters to more than 2 million in Fiscal Year 2022

The State Department suggests that the administration has been working to get to the ‘root causes’ of migration as the border crisis has more than quintupled under President Joe Biden’s leadership.

While Biden’s administration focuses on what causes migrants to leave their home countries and come to the U.S., it has failed to implement policies aimed at stopping the flow of illegal immigration over the southern border.

State Department spokesperson Ned Price, however, told Fox News on Wednesday that results cannot be achieved in short timelines – despite the nearly two-years of Biden’s presidency.

‘We have never been under any illusions, nor should anyone, that we can fully address the root causes overnight or over the course of a week or month,’ Price said.

He added: ‘But this is something that we are working on, we’re working on it as diligently as we can.’

The claim comes after new figures were released this week showing that a new record was reached in August and more than 2 million migrants have illegally entered the country so far in Fiscal Year 2022.

State Department Spokesman Ned Price said that the White House is ‘getting to the root factors of migration’ while answering why migration has run rampant in the last two years of the Biden administration

August figures were released this week that brought the total number of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) migrant encounters to more than 2 million in Fiscal Year 2022

August figures were released this week that brought the total number of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) migrant encounters to more than 2 million in Fiscal Year 2022

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered 203,597 migrants at the southern border in August alone, which is a slight uptick from the crossings in July.

Since October 2021, CBP has recorded encountering 2,150,639 migrants who have crossed over the border from Mexico – and since the start of Biden’s time in office has had run-ins with more than 3.5 million.

These figures do not include the amount of migrants who have crossed over the border and evaded CBP agents.

Price would not respond when asked about some reports that the White House is ‘frustrated’ with Fox’s coverage of the border crisis – with some calling it ‘alarmist’.

‘I’m at the State Department,’ Price said, suggesting the question would be better directed to someone at the Department of Homeland Security.

‘More importantly,’ he continued, ‘I’m not a media critic. I will leave it to others to render judgment on media coverage. What we’re doing with countries throughout the region, with our partners in the U.S. Government to try to address the root causes of migration. The root factors that are pulling people away from their homes in places in central America, in South America, in the broader region that are, in some cases, bringing them to our border.’

‘The State Department is working hard every day to try to address those pool factors, those root causes,’ Price said.

Migrants continue to flood over the border from Mexico despite the administration claiming the southern border is 'closed'

Migrants continue to flood over the border from Mexico despite the administration claiming the southern border is ‘closed’

Venezuelan migrants walk along the U.S. border wall with Mexico to turn themselves into Border Patrol agents after crossing the Rio Grande on September 21, 2022 in El Paso, Texas

Venezuelan migrants walk along the U.S. border wall with Mexico to turn themselves into Border Patrol agents after crossing the Rio Grande on September 21, 2022 in El Paso, Texas

Vice President Kamala Harris was put in charge of the migration crisis by Biden – and her office quickly branded the role as addressing ‘root causes’ of migration rather than the issues at the border.

Republicans have chastised the Biden administration for ignoring the prevailing crisis, especially as the number of deaths along the border have reached record-breaking numbers.

In September alone, 30 migrants have died along the border – adding to the total toll of 782 deaths in Fiscal Year 2022. That figure surpassed the previous record reached in Fiscal Year 2021 when more than 557 deaths were reported.

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