Last Monday, during a press briefing, a reporter confronted White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki about the poll results regarding the border.
Before the press briefing, the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research had released poll results concerning President Joe Biden’s immigration policies.
“We released a poll earlier today that suggests that 25 percent of Americans — only 25 percent — approve of the way that the President is handling the situation at the border to unaccompanied minors. So does this poll suggest that the President needs to reevaluate his approach to that issue?” the reporter asked.
“Well, if I read the poll correctly, it also had 59 percent of Americans believing that unaccompanied children should be treated safely and be protected in that way. And 65 percent supported the reunification of families,” Psaki replied.
“There’s no question this is a difficult challenge, and the President believes he was elected to address hard problems,” she continued. “And his focus, right now, is on expediting processing at the border, opening up additional facilities, addressing the root causes, and restarting programs to incentivize kids from applying from within their countries.”
“So is the issue just a messaging issue then? I mean, how do you explain the fact that Americans are not in favor of what the President is doing at the border?” the reporter pressed.
Psaki responded that she was “not sure” that the reporter gave “an accurate depiction of the poll” because one-third of the people replied that they “didn’t have an opinion at all.”
“So I think that, right now, our focus is not on looking at the poll,” Psaki said. “It is on implementing solutions, which is to address what we view as, no question, a difficult challenge and hoping that we can ensure we are protecting these kids.”
“We are continuing to reassert to the region ‘the border is not open.’ The majority of adults who come to the border are turned away. Continuing to implement programs in the region, whether working with them to address root causes or working with them to restart programs that can help kids from — apply within the country. That is — we feel those are the ways we can help address what is, no question, a challenging issue,” she concluded.
Did she just imply that the citizens’ opinions don’t matter?
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