The White House said Tuesday the Biden administration is tackling the border camp situation “head on,” and creating a “fair, orderly and humane immigration system.”
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Press secretary Jen Psaki said the number of migrant children at Customs and Border Protection stations has decreased to approximately 600 after a high of more than 5,000 at the end of March.
Psaki said the Department of Homeland Security is also beginning the process of re-uniting a number of families “who were separated by the previous administration.”
The press secretary also said reports over the weekend that an agreement between the U.S. and Iran to exchange prisoners “was not true.” She said the issue is frequently raised but there is no update on the release of the four American prisoners currently being held.
On Saturday, reports emerged from Iran and Iran-linked media outlets that an agreement had been struck on what the U.S. would provide in return for Iran returning to compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, which had given billions of dollars in sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.
Psaki said discussions to bring home Americans are “separate from the nuclear discussions in Vienna.”
The White House also provided a rundown of assistance to India as it battles a catastrophic coronavirus outbreak.
Psaki said six air shipments funded by USAID have departed the U.S. containing supplies, equipment and assistance expected to exceed $100 million.
Asked whether the White House plans to lift international travel restrictions as the European Union plans on doing, Psaki would not commit, insisting the administration will rely on the advice of health and medical experts “on what is safe for the American public.”
“This is a case which is endlessly frustrating to people and we acknowledge that,” she said.