White House aide says U.S. will address border surge with diplomacy

What they’re saying: Bedingfield argued that the surge in immigrants arriving at the border is “cyclical” and “not the result of one administration’s policies,” but of a lack of resources in the countries where people are emigrating from. The Department of Homeland Security said earlier this month that the U.S. is on-pace to encounter more people at the border “than we have in the last 20 years.”

“Ultimately, what we need to do is address the root causes of migration. It’s something President Biden did when he was vice president.” Bedingfield said Sunday.

“He spent time in the Northern Triangle countries that people are migrating from, working to try to address the lack of infrastructure, the lack of programs like, for example, Girls and Boys Clubs, that allow these kids to be somewhere safe in their home country.”

“You saw last week he asked Vice President Harris to take on dealing with the work and the diplomacy that’s necessary in the Northern Triangle to prevent people from making this journey in the first place — that’s the most important thing we can do to try to stem the tide.”