McCarthy requests meeting with Biden on immigration, Psaki says president would welcome dialogue

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., requested a meeting with President Biden Friday to talk about the surge in migrants at the southern border.

The Department of Homeland Security projects that 117,000 children will arrive at the border unaccompanied this year. McCarthy pointed out that such a number would be a marked increase from the next-highest total of unaccompanied children arriving per year — 76,020 in 2019, according to Customs and Border Patrol.

Axios reported that in the week ending March 1, the Border Patrol referred an average of 321 minors per day to the Department of Health and Human Services.

McCarthy also pointed to a 113% increase in unaccompanied children arriving and a 157% increase in border apprehensions overall.

"I feel compelled to express great concern with the manner in which your administration is approaching this crisis, but with hope that we can work together to solve it," he wrote.

Asked if Biden would take a meeting with the House GOP leader, press secretary Jen Psaki that the president was focused on "digging out of the dismantled, inhumane immigration approach of the last administration" with a sweeping immigration reform bill. Still, she said he would "welcome the desire to engage on that."

The California Republican pointed to DHS Secretary Alex Mayorkas’ words to Latin American migrants.

"We are not saying don’t come. We are saying don’t come now, because we will be able to deliver a safe and orderly process for them as quickly as possible," Mayorkas said Monday in a press briefing.

"They need to wait," Mayorkas said of those considering coming to the southern border. "If they come, if families come, if single adults come to the border, we are obligated to, in the service of public health, including the health of the very people thinking of coming, to impose travel restrictions under CDC guidelines and return... (Read more)

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