Biden tells migrants not to travel to border amid growing crisis

President Joe Biden spoke in an exclusive interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos.
5:19 | 03/17/21

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Transcript for Biden tells migrants not to travel to border amid growing crisis
Let's talk about the crisis at the border some heartbreaking scenes down there now right now and a lot of the migrants coming in saying they're coming in because you promised. To make things better it seems to be getting worse. By the day wasn't a mistake not anticipate this surge. Well first of all there was a surge. The last two years and nineteen to if the recent surge as well this might be worse well while it could be but here's the deal. We're sending back people for for first of all. The idea that Joseph Biden said come because I heard the other day that. There their communities in Norman nice guy I want they're saying death via well here's the deal. They're not the adults will be sent back number one that's number one number two. What he'd do it and unaccompanied child becomes of the border to repeat what prompted. You're repeat would trump the inch take them from their mothers to move them away Holman sells a setter. We're not doing so what we're doing in his we have brought in broad and HHS. Also brought in FEMA. To provide for enough safe facilities for them to not to get out of control. Of the Border Patrol was not designed to hold people for long periods of time particularly children. Get them out of those facilities. And most of them come with a phone number. Through that they have someone in a country so what we're doing is were putting together an entire organizational structure. So that within seven days or labeling to get the food contact that number find out whether there is. A mother a father whether it is safe where there is secure circumstance. To get the child to that adult how do you cut through the red tape and make sure those kids get through contacts with his possible. Our reporters on the scene are saying they're seen total mayhem that right now. Well what you get you what you have to do is you have to try to get control of the mess that was inherited. And new way to get control when mass was hired as we look here's were armed to the planet you may remember. When we had this on a come ritual in the border weren't Caracas president. He called me back I was in Turkey is that your take care of this I was able the get a bipartisan bill passed for almost. 800 billion dollars to go to the root cause why it why people are leaving. Why are they leaving Al Salvador Guatemala Honduras because there aren't terrible circumstance you'd because of natural disasters and hurt canes. Gangs or violence they're trying to escape. And that's why there can be so when I do I spent close to a hundred hours with the leaders of those three countries and the EU and making sure that were ordered to for example. And one of the major cities donors have encouraged her class white people are leaving this particular city but we have no street light. And the government should give us someone who put in Russia we're gonna give you money but tell you what. Shall we what you need I'll get contractors downer will put in the street lights warrior because a lot of corruption out there and guess what violence came out. Too nice and I take some time that he get those policies in place again. Do you have to say quite clearly don't com. Yes I can say quickly don't coma what were in the process of getting set up. In a stock can take a whole time. Is to be able to apply for asylum in place. So don't leave your town or city where community. We're gonna make sure we have facilities in most cities and towns run by department of buying the DHS and also. Access was HHS. Had health and human services to say you could apply for asylum from where you are right now. Make your case will have people there to determine whether or not you are able to meet the requirements you qualify for asylum. That's the best way to do this. In addition to that well we also change the circumstances on the ground in those communities. You're rude diminish the reason why people want to leave in the first place it's not like someone sitting in Guadalajara. Mexico. Which is not the biggest problem right now. And soon I got a great idea. Let's sell Larry we have given to coyote give mart kids take him across the border Lehman and desert they don't speak the language won't that be fun. How white people can't come because or circumstances so bat. House some come because you want a better opportunity for economic creatures that don't qualify. And so in the meantime what we should be doing is making sure we provide bids for these children by the way over 50%. Of the children coming are ages six to seventy. Six to seven not most are not little babies 1% are young you're young kids and so what we're doing now is were providing for. Did in the past what you do is HHS would take them to licensed providers sugars beds security. Where there's health care there isn't there they're there they're fed. They're cared for while they determine whether or not or someone in the United States there are entitled to go to. And that's what we're in the process of doing now we will have. I believe by in the next month enough of those beds to take care of these children who have no placed ago. But they need to be taken care while we're while while there but the vast majority is for some straight. The vast majority. Of people cross the border be sent back. There be sent back immediately sent back.

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