MSNBC Hack Defends Biden on the Border: ‘Disingenuous’ to Call It a ‘Crisis’

MSNBC’s border reporter Jacob Soboroff, who bemoaned President Trump’s policy was “torture,” condemned anyone calling President Biden’s “kids in cages” a “crisis,” Monday. The hack correspondent repeatedly spun lies for the new administration with help from the sycophantic hosts of The View.

Co-host Whoopi Goldberg set the tone for the entire interview by griping Biden “just got into office, like 61 days ago,” so wasn’t it “a little unrealistic for folks to expect that he’s going to have all the answers, especially since he’s cleaning up yet another mess left by the guy from before?”

After four years of hysterical reporting on the previous president, Soboroff suddenly thought it was “unrealistic” to expect better results from Biden, calling it “logistically impossible:”

You know, it is unrealistic. Do I think that President Biden would be able to do what they say they want to do, create a fair and safe and humane and orderly immigration process after four years of the cruelty of the trump administration, and let’s be honest, after decades of bipartisan democratic and Republican deterrence-based, punitive-based immigration policy that treated immigrants, asylum seekers especially as criminals in the course of 61 days as you said, or however many days it’s been, no. It’s just not logistically possible!….

 

 

The reporter even went so far as to condemn calling the historic surge of illegal immigration at the border, a “crisis:”

[A]nd I hear a lot of talk about really disingenuous frankly about a crisis, some kind of national security crisis at the border. That is not what is happening at all, but we do have, and we should all recognize and say that it is a humanitarian crisis to keep children locked up in border patrol facilities…

Not only was it not a crisis, but Biden wasn’t at all to blame. After Ana Navarro brought up how “some” say the Biden administration’s messaging was too welcoming to illegal immigrants, Soboroff scoffed, “It doesn’t matter what any president says!”

Remarkably, the reporter blamed “climate change” more than he blamed Biden’s rhetoric:

Migrants who are fleeing desperation, Ana, are going to come to the United States….what really pushes people here is violence and persecution and corruption in their home countries and as I’ve seen with my own eyes, malnutrition and starvation and extreme poverty. A lot of times by the way, put into place exacerbated by the effects of climate change, climate variability.

After co-host Sara Haines complained to Soboroff about Republicans “seizing” on Biden’s broken immigration promises, he again shrugged off the record numbers we’re seeing at the border now as just pattern of the past nine months. 

Soboroff even contradicted his own network’s reporting by claiming that illegal immigrant families weren’t being allowed in and it was mainly just unaccompanied minors. He continued to twist the truth, praising the Biden administration for removing the “cruelest” of Trump’s policies, like turning away legitimate asylum seekers:

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Yeah, Sara. You make a really great point which everybody should remember the numbers — the increase in children coming to the country, and that’s who we’re seeing coming into the country right now. Unaccompanied minors. The border is still closed. I saw this in myself when I was in Tijuana a couple weeks ago, and the border is effectively closed to everybody else as a wholesale group. Single adults aren’t getting in because Trump policy is in place. Most families are not getting in because Trump policy is in place for families. It’s the unaccompanied children who are getting in. So the Biden administration, yes, has rolled back some of the policies that they say they believed were the cruelest about the Trump administration. That’s the remain in Mexico policy that made tens of thousands of people wait in some of Mexico’s most dangerous cities to have their asylum case adjudicated. And let me just point out. Asylum is legal. Whether you make it to the border and cross legal ports of entry–You have the right — international right and under United States law to declare asylum when you get here. So now that children are doing so, and they’re doing so in larger numbers than ever before because they were kept out under the Trump administration, the idea that, you know, you can just push them back over to the other side or send them back to their home country, that’s not what U.S. law says, and anybody telling you otherwise isn’t telling you the truth. 

This whole performance was a stark contrast to Soboroff’s appearance on the show last July attacking the Trump administration. 

Read transcript portions below:

The View

3/22/2021

WHOOPI GOLDBERG: President Biden just got into office, like, 61 days ago. He has had to deal with the aftermath of an insurrection. He had to do the once in a lifetime worldwide pandemic thing, and now he’s getting a whole bunch of flak for not having the entire border situation figured out and on point. Do you think it’s a little unrealistic for folks to expect that he’s going to have all the answers, especially since he’s cleaning up yet another mess left by the guy from before? Or should they have been more prepared? 

JACOB SOBOROFF: You know, it is unrealistic. Do I think that President Biden would be able to do what they say they want to do, create a fair and safe and humane and orderly immigration process after four years of the cruelty of the Trump administration, and let’s be honest, after decades of bipartisan Democratic and Republican deterrence-based, punitive-based immigration policy that treated immigrants, asylum seekers especially as criminals in the course of 61 days as you said, or however many days it’s been, no. It’s just not logistically possible and I hear a lot of talk about really disingenuous frankly about a crisis, some kind of national security crisis at the border. That is not what is happening at all, but we do have, and we should all recognize and say that it is a humanitarian crisis to keep children locked up in border patrol facilities…

(…)

SARA HAINES:  Now Jacob, Republicans have seized on the recent uptick as border crossings as a major failure of the new administration. Now numbers had been on the rise throughout the last nine months or so of Trump’s administration. So what exactly has changed since Biden took over, and how has that contributed to the current spike we’re seeing? 

SOBOROFF: Yeah, Sara. You make a really great point which everybody should remember the numbers — the increase in children coming to the country, and that’s who we’re seeing coming into the country right now. Unaccompanied minors. The border is still closed. I saw this in myself when I was in Tijuana a couple weeks ago, and the border is effectively closed to everybody else as a wholesale group. Single adults aren’t getting in because Trump policy is in place. Most families are not getting in because Trump policy is in place for families. It’s the unaccompanied children who are getting in. So the Biden administration, yes, has rolled back some of the policies that they say they believed were the cruelest about the Trump administration. That’s the remain in Mexico policy that made tens of thousands of people wait in some of Mexico’s most dangerous cities to have their asylum case adjudicated. And let me just point out. Asylum is legal. Whether you make it to the border and cross legal ports of entry–You have the right — international right and under United States law to declare asylum when you get here. So now that children are doing so, and they’re doing so in larger numbers than ever before because they were kept out under the Trump administration, the idea that, you know, you can just push them back over to the other side or send them back to their home country, that’s not what U.S. law says, and anybody telling you otherwise isn’t telling you the truth. 
 

(…)

SOBOROFF:  It doesn’t matter what any president says. Migrants who are fleeing desperation, Ana, are going to come to the United States. President Trump, after the separation policy which was defined as torture by physicians for human rights. There is no stronger message than we’re going to separate you from your family on purpose to scare people away, had the highest numbers in recent decades in memory. 2019, we saw almost exactly the same thing that we’re seeing right now, but more people coming to the country. Did President Biden and Secretary Mayorkas saying the border is closed don’t come now, versus don’t come maybe inspire some people to come? Sure, but what really pushes people here is violence and persecution and corruption in their home countries and as I’ve seen with my own eyes, malnutrition and starvation and extreme poverty. A lot of times by the way, put into place exacerbated by the effects of climate change, climate variability. So you know I hear the criticisms that the Biden administration isn’t sounding tough enough, but a tough message from President Obama who said don’t come, didn’t stop people from coming, the toughest message ever from President Trump didn’t stop people from coming, and now President Biden is learning that same thing. This is not — you don’t solve people coming to the border to seek asylum by saying stern things to them. 

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