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Former Obama Official Attributes Blame for Border Surge to Biden’s Policies

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Steve Rattner, a former counselor to the Treasury Secretary in the Obama administration, discussed the immigration situation in the U.S.

He mentioned that President Biden’s approach has led to around 3 million people crossing the southern border annually, creating a complex system.

Rattner argued that the U.S. needs immigrants to maintain its population, as the fertility rate alone won’t suffice. (Trending: Trump Responds To Biden’s Bombing In Yemen)

“We take in a million a year legally, and if you just want to maintain our population, given our fertility rate, you have to take in 4 million a year, or else our population will start to decline. So, we need these people,” Rattner began.

“We have a 3.7% unemployment rate. They are not going to take away American jobs. But it is the most divisive political issue. And frankly, President Biden didn’t say open borders, but he conveyed a sense that we wanted people to come here back from the first day of his Inauguration, and the result is you have 3 million people a year now crossing the southern border and going through our crazy, convoluted system,” he continued.

“And the Republicans, therefore, have no political incentive really to solve this problem. Biden owns it. The country, including Democrats, are very unhappy with our immigration policy. And there could be a deal in Congress. I think they’re going to announce something this week, but I’m not that optimistic it’s going to get passed,” concluded the former Obama advisor.

Despite a low unemployment rate, immigration remains a divisive issue.

He expressed skepticism about Congress reaching a solution, attributing the lack of political incentive to President Biden’s stance on immigration.

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