President Joe Biden admitted that his administration does not have the U.S.-Mexico border “under control” when pressed by reporters on the subject Tuesday.
Biden made the comments during a brief interaction with reporters at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. The U.S. southern border has faced record-setting border crossings since soon after Biden gained office in January.
“Mr. President, what’s your reaction to the images coming from the southern border?” a reporter asked.
“We’ll get it under control,” Biden responded.
“You will get it under control, or you have it under control?” the reporter pressed.
“We will get it under control,” the president said.
“This is really — this is something we haven’t seen before,” CNN Anchor Brianna Keilar told Mayorkas of the border crisis. “A — this camp inside of the United States, with thousands of people, what is the reticence to call something that is so clearly a crisis a crisis?”
“I call it a heartbreaking situation, a tremendous challenge,” Mayorkas responded.
The border crisis came to a head Friday when a group of roughly 10,000 Haitian migrants attempted to cross the Texas border.
Biden’s immigration policies have remained his least popular since entering office. His approval rating has continued to drop since June, largely due to the resurgence of COVID-19 and his much-criticized handling of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.