As the Biden administration continues to deny the situation at the country's southern border is a crisis, video captured Thursday morning shows a staggeringly long line of migrants waiting for a human smuggler to ferry them in small groups across the Rio Grande river.
While the Trump administration's policies effectively slowed the flow of illegal immigrants into the country, Joe Biden and campaign surrogates consistently referred to Trump's approach as cruel and unjust. White House press secretary Jen Psaki even referred to them as "inhumane" last week.
Analyst Steve Kopits, who has documented nearly 100,000 border apprehensions last month alone, said the Biden administration is struggling to determine how to respond to the situation in a way that is effective as well as consistent with campaign posturing.
"That the Biden administration has been caught unawares is frankly surprising," Kopits acknowledged. "The Obama administration had problems with its own surge, and consequently, these issues should not have been novel or unexpected for President Biden."