‘We have never been under any illusions’: State Department spokesman Ned Price is grilled on why migration has become so rampant under Biden – and insists ‘we are getting to the root factors’ of why the border is being flooded 

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  • State Department spokesman Ned Price said the Biden administration is ‘reaching the core factors of migration’
  • comes at a time when Republicans criticize the current leadership for refusing to implement policies that would close the southern border to migrants
  • Figures released for August bring the total number of CBP migrant encounters in fiscal year 2022 to over 2 million

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The State Department suggests the administration is working to get to the ‘root causes’ of migration as the border crisis under President Joe Biden has multiplied.

While Biden’s administration focuses on what causes migrants to leave their home countries to come to the US, it has failed to implement policies aimed at curbing the flow of illegal immigration to the southern border.

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State Department spokesman Ned Price, however, told Fox News on Wednesday that despite Biden’s nearly two-year tenure, results may not be achieved in a short amount of time.

“We have never been under any illusions, and no one should ever want us to completely eliminate the root cause overnight or in a week or month,” Price said.

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He continued: ‘But this is something that we are working on, we are working on it as diligently as possible.’

The claim comes after new figures were released this week, showing a new record was set in August and more than two million migrants have illegally entered the country so far in fiscal year 2022.

State Department spokesman Ned Price said the White House is ‘reaching out to the core factors of migration’, answering why migration has run rampant in the past two years of the Biden administration

Figures for August were released this week bringing the total number of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) migrant encounters in fiscal year 2022 to over 2 million.

Figures for August were released this week bringing the total number of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) migrant encounters in fiscal year 2022 to over 2 million.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered 203,597 migrants at the southern border in August alone, up slightly from the crossing in July.

Since October 2021, CBP has recorded encounters of 2,150,639 migrants who have crossed the border from Mexico – and have run-in with more than 3.5 million since Biden’s time in office began .

These figures do not include the number of migrants who crossed the border and escaped from CBP agents.

Price did not respond when asked about some reports that the White House is “disappointed” with Fox’s coverage of the border crisis – some calling it an “alarmist”.

“I’m at the State Department,” Price said, suggesting the question would be better directed to someone from the Department of Homeland Security.

‘More importantly,’ he continued, ‘I am not a media critic. I will leave it to others to decide on the media coverage. What we are doing, along with countries across the region, with our partners in the US government, is to try to address the root causes of migration. Fundamental factors that are pulling people away from their homes over a wide area in Central America, in South America, which are, in some cases, bringing them to our border.’

‘The State Department is working hard every day to try to address those pool factors, those root causes,’ Price said.

Influx of migrants from Mexico continues across the border despite administration's claim of southern border being 'closed'

Influx of migrants from Mexico continues across the border despite administration’s claim of southern border being ‘closed’

Venezuelan migrants walk along the US border wall with Mexico and turn themselves into Border Patrol agents after crossing the Rio Grande in El Paso, Texas, on September 21, 2022.

Venezuelan migrants walk along the US border wall with Mexico and turn themselves into Border Patrol agents after crossing the Rio Grande in El Paso, Texas, on September 21, 2022.

Vice President Kamala Harris was put in charge of the migration crisis by Biden – and her office quickly branded the role as addressing the ‘root causes’ of migration rather than issues at the border.

Republicans have chastised the Biden administration for ignoring the current crisis, especially as the number of deaths at the border has reached record-breaking numbers.

In September alone, 30 migrants have died at the border – adding to the total 782 deaths in fiscal year 2022. This figure surpassed the previous record in the last financial year 2021 when more than 557 deaths were reported.

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