White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki fired back at Donald Trump after the former president and other Republican critics slammed President Joe Biden over immigration, saying his rhetoric and policies have created a crisis at the border.
During her press briefing on Friday, Psaki responded to Trump after he issued a statement decrying his successor’s moves on immigration.
“We don’t take our advice or counsel from former President Trump on immigration policy, which was not only inhumane but ineffective over the last four years,” Psaki said, according to The Hill. “We’re going to chart our own path forward, and that includes treating children with humanity and respect.”
This came after Trump released a blistering statement laying out how exactly Biden has created a crisis at the border.
“Our border is now totally out of control thanks to the disastrous leadership of Joe Biden,” Trump wrote, according to The New York Post.
“A mass incursion into the country by people who should not be here is happening on an hourly basis, getting worse by the minute. Many have criminal records, and many others have and are spreading covid. Interior enforcement has been shut down — criminals that were once promptly removed by our Administration are now being released back onto the street to commit heinous and violent crimes,” Trump added.
“The spiraling tsunami at the border is overwhelming local communities, depleting budgets, crowding hospitals, and taking jobs from legal American workers,” he continued. “When I left office, we had achieved the most secure border in our country’s history. Under Biden, it will soon be worse, more dangerous, and more out of control than ever before. He has violated his oath of office to uphold our Constitution and enforce our laws.”
Later in his statement, Trump said that Biden has “given the smugglers and traffickers effective control of our border” and predicted that the border crisis would get worse over time.
“There has never been a time on our southern border like what is happening now but more importantly, what is about to happen,” Trump said. “Now that Biden has implemented nationwide Catch-and-Release, illegal immigrants from every corner of the Earth will descend upon our border and never be returned. You can never have a secure border unless people who cross illegally are promptly removed.”
Trump concluded his statement by warning, “The Biden Administration must act immediately to end the border nightmare that they have unleashed onto our Nation. Keep illegal immigration, crime, and the China Virus out of our country!”