Biden Takes Question On Border
CNN hosts are sounding the alarm over President Joe Biden’s plummeting approval rating on immigration, acknowledging that Republicans are winning the opinion battle on the border crisis.
On Thursday’s Inside Politics, correspondent Rosa Flores reported live from Eagle Pass, Texas, where she highlighted the dire situation at the U.S.-Mexico border. Host Dana Bash then transitioned into a discussion about President Biden’s approval ratings, particularly on the issue of immigration.
Bash warned that recent polls have shown Biden’s approval rating sinking to just 26 percent on immigration, which she described as “not good” for the president.
According to AP reporter Seung Min Kim, this low approval rating is likely due to the “considerable political pressure” that Biden is under regarding immigration. She noted that his administration may be preparing to make “significant compromises” on the issue next month.
Bash then pointed out that it’s not just Republicans who are upset about the illegal immigration crisis, but also big-city Democratic mayors who are struggling to manage the influx of migrants.
NBC News correspondent Kasie Hunt echoed Bash’s sentiment, saying that the issue of immigration has now become a political problem for President Biden. She noted that the strategy of red state governors to send migrants to blue states has been effective in putting pressure on the administration.
Hunt also suggested that Republicans might be content with the crisis continuing, as it could become a key issue in the 2024 election. But her theory was quickly dismissed by Bash, who offered a defense of Biden by pointing out that the problem of illegal immigration has persisted for decades.
REPORTER: “Are you gonna do anything about the southern border, Mr. President?! … Record number of migrants!”
BIDEN: “Well, we gotta do something…”
*shuffles inside* pic.twitter.com/RmyWuOBrBu
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) January 3, 2024
Bash said that it’s “important to point out” that immigration reform efforts have been “fruitless for almost two decades,” implying that Biden is not solely responsible for the current state of affairs.
Tia Mitchell, a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, joined the conversation and argued that the previous administration is partly to blame for the current border crisis. She stated that former President Donald Trump made immigration a central part of his campaign message, but failed to take adequate action to address the issue during his time in office.
But Mitchell’s attempt to deflect the blame from Biden to Trump was met with skepticism on social media, with many users pointing out that the Biden administration’s lenient policies on immigration are what caused the crisis to escalate.
Meanwhile, the crisis at the border shows no signs of abating, with the number of migrants attempting to cross into the U.S. continuing to rise. With the media now reporting that the issue is damaging Biden’s approval ratings, it remains to be seen how the president will respond to the situation.
Some political observers have suggested that Biden may need to take a tougher stance on immigration to appease his detractors and regain public support. Whatever approach he takes, it is clear that the issue of immigration will continue to be a major challenge for the Biden administration in the coming months.