Biden urges migrants not to come to US

18 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Biden urges migrants not to come to US

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden urged migrants not to come to the United States on Tuesday, as criticism mounted over a surge in people arriving at the southern border with Mexico—including thousands of unaccompanied children, reports AFP.

“Yes I can say quite clearly don’t come over ... Don’t leave your town or city or community,” he said in an interview with ABC News, addressing the migrants.

Speaking hours after his head of homeland security defended the administration’s imigration policies, Biden also shrugged off claims that his dismantling of former president Donald Trump’s tough stance had encouraged the surge, pointing out that there had been similar surges in 2019 and 2020.

“The idea that Joe Biden said ‘come’ - I heard the other day that they’re coming because I’m a nice guy... Here’s the deal, they’re not,” he said.