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White House: Never mind that President Biden called the border crisis a 'crisis' — that is not the administration's official position

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For the last few months, Americans have watched immigrants flood the southern U.S. border. It has become a situation that nearly everyone in the country — on the right and the left — has acknowledged is a crisis.

Except the Biden administration.

That was until President Joe Biden let the truth slip over the weekend when he called what's going on in the nation's border states a "crisis."

But it turns out the White House is still just about the only meaningful entity in the country that does not see the border crisis for what it is — going so far as declaring Monday that the president's labeling of the situation as a crisis is not reflective of the "administration's official position," according to CNN.

What's that now?

President Biden finally admitted Saturday that the ongoing immigrant surge at the U.S.-Mexico border that has seen record numbers of illegal aliens being detained, thousands of children thrown in cage-like facilities, and families separated is, indeed, a crisis.

The situation has grown to the point that Americans are more likely to call it a "very big problem" than the coronavirus.

Biden told reporters Saturday that he would be increasing the refugee cap and that "the problem was that the refugee part was working on the crisis that ended up on the border with young people," adding, "We couldn't do two things at once. But now we are going to increase the number."

This did not sit well with Biden staffers who have gone out of their way to avoid calling the crisis a "crisis."

So on Monday, the White House backtracked from Biden's remarks, claiming that his use of the word "crisis" is not the administration's official position, CNN reported.

Administration officials downplayed the president's remarks and claimed Biden was not actually referring to what was happening to children at the border — never mind that he referred specifically to "the crisis that ended up on the border with young people" — but was talking about "conditions in Northern Triangle countries that migrants are coming from."

"No, there is no change in position. Children coming to our border seeking refuge from violence, economic hardships and other dire circumstances is not a crisis," an official told CNN, adding that the president "was referring to the crisis in Central America — the dire circumstances so many are fleeing from."

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the same thing later Monday, CNN noted.

"The President does not feel that children coming to our border seeking refuge from violence, economic hardships, and other dire circumstances is a crisis," she said at a White House press briefing. "He does feel that the crisis in Central America — the dire circumstances that many are fleeing from -- that that is a situation we need to spend our time or effort on and we need to address it if we're going to prevent more of an influx of migrants from coming in years to come."

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