(CNSNews.com) - President Biden plans to visit the southern border during the North American Leaders Summit in Mexico City next week - something that Biden has been resistant to during his presidency - but when asked why he finally decided now is the right time for a visit, Biden blamed the Republicans.
“Mr. President, why did you decide that now is finally the right time to visit the southern border? Republicans have been calling on you to do this since the beginning of your presidency,” a reporter asked Thursday after the president’s remarks on border security and enforcement.
BIDEN: Because the Republicans haven’t been serious about this at all. Come on. They haven’t been serious about this at all. I wanted to make sure that I knew what the outcome — at least the near outcome was on Title 42 before I went down. We don’t have that yet, so I had to operate — I don’t like Title 42, but it’s the law now, and I have to operate within it.
It’s — my prediction is — it’s not — there’s nothing particularly insightful about this: Title 42 is going to go away before the end of the year, in terms of the Supreme Court, in my prediction. And then we’re going to have to use Title 9 — Title 8. Eight, right? Am I right? Yeah.
Title 8. Eight, nine — and — which is — which we can implement what we’re doing here plus some other things, but so, I wanted to make sure there was a rational way in which we could begin to announce it, but I couldn’t wait once the Supreme Court ruled that they’re not going to make the final decision on Title 42 for some time — you know, for another — who knows?
Probably not until June — in that range, although I don’t know that for a fact — to be able to lay this out, but, look, Mayorkas is waiting to impress you all, all kidding aside.
As CNSNews.com reported, Biden’s new plan to limit illegal immigration requires migrants from Cuba, Nicaragua, and Haiti to apply for asylum via the CBP One app outside the United States, and if their application is approved, migrants can “show up at a U.S. airport when and where directed” to travel to the United States.
A reporter asked whether Biden is “concerned about the effect that requiring an airline ticket could prejudice or sort of make — lean it toward wealthier migrants and kind of make it harder for poorer migrants?”
“Yeah,” Biden said, “but there’s also ways to get to ports of entry along the border as well.”