President Biden has made slight improvements but continues to maintain a humanitarian disaster at the border, suggests Ramesh Ponnuru in The Virginia Pilot. His administration appears more concerned with reputation, squabbling over the definition of "crisis" with the press. Meanwhile, deeply harmful policies remain in place, resulting in child detentions and continued human suffering. Easy changes like allowing children to remain with non-blood-related guardians and accelerating the processing of migrants would reduce this crisis. Biden needs to listen to the voices within his own government and make the necessary changes to mitigate this situation.
The migrant situation at the border has been exaggerated by media outlets, argues Ryan Cooper of The Week. President Biden has already improved on Trump's distinctly inhumane immigration policies. However, these things take time, money and effort. Media outlets have echoed the voices of Republicans who want to undermine the president, overblowing what is actually happening. Some migrants do find themselves in an uncomfortable limbo, but they are a small minority. Family separation is another big issue, but unaccompanied minors need to be taken care of and housed, with an insufficient budget and infrastructure. Biden is doing the right thing, he just needs time.