Posted 69 days ago
President Biden was criticized by both sides of the political aisle following his trip to El Paso, Texas, on Sunday for not meeting with any migrants during his first trip to the border since taking office.
CNN reporter Rosa Flores told CNN's Poppy Harlow that both Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Tex., and immigration activists raised the same question about Biden's visit.
"That’s why the president is being criticized by both sides because of what he didn’t see. So let me show you. This is one of the migrant camps here in downtown El Paso. And you know, the immigration advocates here in El Paso and Governor Greg Abbott usually don’t agree on much but they do raise the same question. If President Biden came here to El Paso to see the reality on the ground about the border and didn’t come here, what’s considered the epicenter of this crisis, did he leave with a clear understanding?" Flores said.
"CNN this Morning" played a clip of Abbott, who said Biden's trip was "nothing but for show."
Flores also spoke with Fernando García, an immigration and human rights activist, who said the president's 3-hour trip was just a photo-op.
He also told Flores that Biden was not exposed to the entire immigration crisis in El Paso because he did not meet or see any migrants.
"My colleague MJ Lee asked the White House about the president not interacting or meeting with any migrants and a senior administration official told her that it is because there were no migrants at the respite center at the time that the president visited, and that it was coincidental. But Poppy, I checked the migrant dashboard that the city of El Paso has. And at the time when the president was here, there were nearly 1,000 migrants who were in federal detention so if the president really wanted to see conditions, I kind of doubt that the President of the United States would have been denied access," Flores told Harlow.... (Read more)