“They were warned about [the migrant surge] repeatedly,” a former senior Trump official told Playbook. The Biden transition “ignored those warnings and that’s why you had a situation where you had a rush” of migrants.
But it’s not just the GOP.
Immigration advocates on the Hill tell us they’re getting increasingly frustrated that Biden and the White House haven’t moved fast enough to address the needs of migrants. Part of their concern is that downplaying the situation as a “challenge” and not “crisis” makes solving it less urgent.
Some House Democrats are stewing over the fact that Biden isn’t using military bases or other emergency shelters to help process people quickly in the United States. They’re giving the White House time to fix the policy, but if the situation continues, expect them to go public with their criticisms.