President Joe Biden cast blame on the Trump administration for the mass migration that has engulfed the U.S. southern border since January and hurt his chances at passing immigration reform in his first 100 days.
“When I was vice president, I focused on providing the help needed to address these root causes of migration. It helped keep people in their own countries instead of being forced to leave. Our plan worked, but the last administration shut it down,” Biden said in prepared remarks for a speech before select members of Congress on Capitol Hill Wednesday night.
His comments were vague, not naming the plan or going into detail about what measures were in place under former President Barack Obama, whom he served under from 2009 to 2017.
Former President Donald Trump temporarily suspended foreign aid to Central American countries, including El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, where most unaccompanied migrant children and families arriving at the border