ABC host falsely claims Biden never said ‘come on over’
Blames Republicans for Border Crisis
Biden originally said migrants ‘should come’ during the 2019 Democratic presidential primary debates
ABC News’ Martha Raddatz insisted to Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, Sunday that President Biden never encouraged migrants to come to the border.
On “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” Raddatz spoke with the governor ahead of former President Trump’s Title 42 border policies being set to expire on Wednesday. Texas cities, in particular, could be set to see an even bigger influx of migrants with El Paso, Texas, already declaring a state of emergency due to the border crisis.
While Abbott has frequently criticized Biden and other Democratic leaders for encouraging the border crisis, Raddatz argued that Biden himself never encouraged open borders or told migrants to “come on over.”
“You talk about the border wall, you talk about open borders, I don’t think I’ve ever heard President Biden say, ‘We have an open border, come on over,’” Raddatz said.
Though Raddatz suggested Biden never encouraged the migrant crisis, the president told migrants “you should come” while calling for a more lenient border policy during a 2019 Democratic presidential primary debate.
“They deserve to be heard. That’s who we are,” Biden said at the time. “We’re a nation that says, ‘You want to flee, and you’re fleeing oppression, you should come.'”
Reports from the Department of Homeland Security have estimated that the border could see 9,000 to 15,000 crossings a day after Title 42 expires. Though the White House has insisted that there are preparations in place for when the policy ends, the Biden administration has hesitated to provide specific steps that will be taken.
Raddatz instead questioned Abbott how he himself plans to help the border crisis as opposed to President Biden.
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