Mark Meadows Chides Nancy Pelosi Over Border Crisis Blame

Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) after she said President Joe Biden's administration inherited a "broken system" amid ongoing issues at the southern border.

There is a surge of migrants at the border and an increased number of minors being detained there.

Pelosi was asked on ABC's This Week about this and said: "This is a humanitarian challenge to all of us. What the administration has inherited is a broken system at the border and they are working to correct that in the children's interest."

She welcomed the Federal Emergency Management Agency being deployed in order to assist with the situation of unaccompanied minors at the border.

"This again is a transition for what was wrong before to what is right," Pelosi said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls the surge of migrant children crossing the Southern border "a humanitarian challenge," adding that the Biden administration has inherited a "broken system at the border."

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Meadows, who served as White House chief of staff under former President Donald Trump, shared a clip of this interview, and questioned the comments made by Pelosi.

He wrote: "From the department of 'can't make it up': Democrats blaming Donald Trump for a border crisis that happened after Joe Biden a) stopped wall construction and b) stopped enforcing the law."

Biden has pushed for a revision of immigration policies. He issued a proclamation early in his presidency pausing construction of the border wall, the building of which had been a commitment from Trump. Large sections of the wall remain unfinished.

Biden also rolled back the "Remain in Mexico" program. There was also a proposed 100-day moratorium on deportations, though this has met legal hurdles.

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Mark Meadows, then White House chief of staff, speaks to the media at the White House in Washington, D.C., October 21, 2020. He has responded to comments from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) regarding the situation at the southern border. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Trump himself released a statement criticizing Biden earlier this month, branding the situation at the border "totally out of control" and blaming this on his successor's "disastrous leadership."

Biden has faced criticism from across the political spectrum over the issues. Republicans have labelled the situation a crisis and questioned Biden's stances, suggesting these have exacerbated the issues being faced. Progressive Democrats meanwhile have raised questions over the detention of unaccompanied minors at the border.

There is generally a surge of migrants at the border in spring as the weather improves. Such situations have caused problems for Biden's predecessors.

In a briefing on Friday, national security adviser Jake Sullivan said the administration intended to "pursue an effective and humane immigration policy and unwind what we believe was the ineffective and inhumane policy over the course of the last four years."

Sullivan reiterated that the administration's position is that "now is not the time to come to the United States.

"We are dealing with a circumstance in which we have to build the capacity to be able to assess the asylum claims of individuals who arrive here, and we have to deal with the obvious public health effects of a pandemic," he said.

Newsweek has contacted Pelosi's office and the White House for comment.

The graphic below, from Statista, shows the number of apprehensions of undocumented immigrants at the border.

U.S. Southern Border Apprehensions - Statista

Update 03/15/2021: This page was updated to include an infographic.