Multiple news outlets, including a front-page Washington Post story, have downplayed the new wave of migrants attempting to cross the southern border as a key Trump administration immigration policy ended Thursday while the union representing Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) heavily criticized President Joe Biden.
Some media coverage regarding the border has been contradicted by images of thousands of migrants attempting to cross into the United States. Last week saw the highest recorded number of migrants attempting to cross the border.
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The media narrative was also contradicted by the union representing members of CBP.
The National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) wrote on Twitter that the current situation was “by far the worst sustained disaster that any BP [Border Patrol] agent, active or retired, has ever seen at our border.”
The union continued, stating that Biden “is responsible for every single bit of it, with the worst still to come.”
The statement also said that the Biden White House “is absolutely corrupt to its core.”
The president of the union, Brandon Judd, said that if Biden “wasn’t the president of the United States, I would arrest him.”
Judd told Sean Hannity on Fox News that the Biden White House has “completely and totally turned upside down what we have always done.”
He said that the law enforcement agency could “get this under control tomorrow.”
The union chief said that this would require going “back to the policies” of former President Donald Trump.
Judd said that the agency “can keep the American public safe, but the only way we can do it is if we reimplement that rule of law.”
This is not the first time that many traditional media outlets downplayed the role of a large wave of migrants. During Trump’s tenure, few news networks outside of Fox News extensively covered a number of migrant caravans pushing toward the southern border.
The media decision may also be an effort to deflect blame for the current issues along the U.S.-Mexico border. The end of the Trump-era Title 42 policy has led to the recent migrant surge.
The Biden administration has struggled with the effects of the wave of illegal immigrants, both in terms of policy and public perception. Biden said that the situation at the border would be “chaotic for a while.”