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Joe Biden says great-grandfather left Ireland 'because of what the Brits had been doing'


The President was responding to a question on why a there has been a surge of immigrants crossing the southern border, and referred to his Irish ancestry. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials apprehended more than 100,000 migrants in February, 28 percent more than January.

Mr Biden compared his ancestor’s journey to the US to those crossing the southern border when trying to explain the difficulties migrants face.

He told reporters: “When my great grandfather got on a coffin ship in the Irish sea, the expectation was he going to live long enough to get to the United States of America.

“They left because of what the Brits had been doing.

“They were in real, real trouble. They didn’t want to leave but they had no choice.

“I can’t guarantee we’re going to solve everything, but I can guarantee we can make everything better.”

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More than 16,500 unaccompanied migrant children were in federal custody as of early Wednesday, according to CBS News.

Of that number, more than 11,500 of those children were being housed in shelters and emergency housing sites and another 5,000 were stranded in overcrowded Border Patrol facilities.

Republicans have argued the President’s immediate roll back on Mr Trump’s immigration policies is to blame for the surge in border crossings, which Mr Biden denies.


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