Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a prominent contender in the 2024 Democratic Primary Election against President Joe Biden, voiced strong criticism of the Biden administration’s policy decisions concerning the crisis at the southern border. In an interview on WABC 7, Kennedy, who supports immigration but emphasizes the need for border security, condemned the situation at the border under Biden’s leadership. He argued that these circumstances were a direct outcome of flawed policies that had harmed children and resulted in a humanitarian crisis.
Kennedy also expressed his disapproval of the United States’ relationship with countries in Central America. He pointed out that the US has engaged in wars in nearly every Central American country, with the exception of Costa Rica. President Nayib Bukele of El Salvador has frequently called out the Biden administration, criticizing their stance on El Salvador’s policy decisions, while also accusing the US government of hypocrisy in lecturing other nations about similar actions.
In his bid to challenge Biden, Kennedy has launched an aggressive campaign through online and news media platforms. According to an April poll conducted by USA TODAY/Suffolk University, Kennedy has garnered the support of approximately 14% of voters who previously backed Biden. Another significant candidate seeking the Democratic nomination is Marianne Williamson, who polled in the single digits.
Kennedy is not the sole non-Republican figure to denounce the Biden administration’s handling of the border issue. The recent expiration of Title 42 has raised concerns about a surge of migrants at the southern border, overwhelming border patrol agents and causing logistical challenges. Independent Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema, in particular, recently criticized the Biden administration’s methods. Additionally, some lawmakers have proposed legislation to employ Title 42 in order to curb the influx of fentanyl through the southern border. However, debates on this proposal have yet to take place in Congress.