Biden team searching for new ways to slow border surge

The Biden administration is searching for new ways to stem the surge of migrants at the southern border, dispatching officials to Mexico and Guatemala to seek their governments’ help, sending sterner warnings to would-be migrants not to come, and devising alternative pathways to apply for legal entry without showing up in person…

Responding to calls by lawmakers of both parties to allow reporters into facilities holding migrant children, Psaki said officials were “working to finalize details” to open them up to the news media and to hoped to “have an update in the coming days.” But she refused to label the situation a crisis, hewing to the line officials have repeatedly walked.

“Children presenting at our border who are fleeing violence, who are fleeing persecution, who are fleeing terrible situations, is not a crisis,” Psaki said. “We feel that it is our responsibility to humanely approach this circumstance and make sure they are treated with — treated and put into conditions that are safe.”