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McConnell mocks Biden being ‘overruled’ by Psaki on term border ‘crisis’

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday ridiculed President Biden for getting “overruled” by White House press secretary Jen Psaki over calling the migrant surge on the US-Mexico border a “crisis.”

McConnell (R-Ky.) said on the Senate floor that Psaki’s claim that Biden misspoke was part of a broader Biden administration initiative focused on “woke proofreading” rather than stemming the flow of migrants.

“The most strength that this administration has shown on the border has been their commitment to their talking points — their refusal to call the crisis a crisis,” McConnell said.

“This past weekend, the president of the United States himself slipped up and used that forbidden word. But get this, he was then overruled by his own staff. Yesterday his press secretary said President Biden actually didn’t intend to describe the situation as a crisis.”

Biden said Saturday that “young people” arriving “on the border” was a “crisis.” But Psaki said at her daily press briefing on Monday that Biden doesn’t believe that.

Psaki told reporters that Biden actually believes there’s a crisis in Central America and not at the border, where many young migrants are held in cramped, jail-like facilities.

Psaki said, “The president does not feel that children coming to our border seeking refuge from violence, economic hardships and other dire circumstances is a crisis.”

She added: “He does feel that the crisis in Central America, the dire circumstances that many are fleeing from, that that is a situation that we need to spend our time, our effort on and we need to address it if we’re going to prevent more of an influx of migrants from coming in years to come.”

McConnell said Psaki’s walk-back came the same day that “memos were issued to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and CBP” to inform them that “the government will be adopting new, more politically correct rhetoric.”

“Under this administration, we will no longer have illegal aliens — not because they’ll secure the border, just because they now will be called ‘non-citizens’ or ‘undocumented migrants,’ and so on,” McConnell said.

“These priorities are almost a parody of left-wing governance: not securing the border, not a better plan for the children. Just woke proofreading. This is not going to get the job done.”

Republicans attribute the migrant surge to Biden border policy changes and say Biden-backed legislation that would allow citizenship for most illegal immigrants creates new “pull” factors.

In February, Biden terminated former President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy that required Central American asylum seekers to stay in Mexico while US courts reviewed their claims.

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