Biden says there is no executive order to address border crisis

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President Biden said he does not plan to take executive action to combat the record number of migrants entering the United States through the southern border, after indicating he might, after efforts failed aimed at finding a legislative solution.

Biden was asked Monday about the possibility of unilaterally adding safeguards to the U.S.-Mexico border, a move that would be reminiscent of controversial moves former President Donald Trump took when he took office.

“I'm counting on the action at the border to take care of itself, and that they will cross it,” he told reporters on Air Force One after his visit to New Hampshire, referring to to a legislative solution to the problem.


Biden on Air Force One

President Joe Biden walks down the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, on Monday after returning from a trip to New Hampshire. Biden (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Biden appeared to be considering executive action to combat the ongoing border crisis after a bipartisan Senate bill failed to garner appropriate support. An administration source previously told Fox News that the president was considering executive action to restrict ability of migrants to seek asylumbut that it is one of “several” plans under study.

On Monday, when a reporter reminded Biden that Congress could not reach a bipartisan agreement, he said: “Well, they haven't done it yet, they haven't done it yet. I help.”

Fox News Digital has contacted the White House.

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Upon taking office, Biden revoked dozens of executive orders issued by Trump to secure the southern border and issued his own executive actions regarding the border. At the time, these measures were welcomed by anti-immigration activists and Democrats.

The president has repeatedly blamed Republicans for the border bill's failure, accusing the GOP of putting partisan politics ahead of national security.

“No executive action, no matter how aggressive, can deliver the meaningful policy reforms and additional resources that Congress can provide and that Republicans have rejected,” White House spokesman Angelo said last month. Fernandez Hernandez. “We continue to appeal to the President [Mike] Johnson and House Republicans must pass the bipartisan deal to secure the border. »

Joe Biden at the border

President Joe Biden walks with U.S. Border Patrol agents along a stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)


Nearly 7.3 million migrants have illegally crossed the southwest border under President Biden's leadership, a number larger than the population of 36 individual states, according to a Fox News analysis.

Adam Shaw and Chris Pandolfo of Fox News Digital contributed to this report.


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