Joe Biden is planning to visit the Mexican border as the administration struggles to cope with the surge in migrants crossing the Rio Grande.

The US president’s willingness to travel to the area comes against a backdrop of a dramatic rise in the number of people trying to get into the country.

According to US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, the number of attempted crossings is on course to reach its highest level for two decades.

The surge has overwhelmed the border control agents who are struggling to process the new arrivals.

According to CBS News, the US government is already housing 15,500 unaccompanied minors, of whom nearly a third are being held in facilities that were not designed to accommodate children.

The Biden administration is reportedly considering flying some migrants to states bordering Canada.

Arriving back at the White House on Sunday night, Mr Biden was asked whether he would travel down to the border.

“At some point I will, yes,” he said, adding that he knew what was happening at the facilities on the border.

He admitted that more could be done to persuade migrants to stay at home, rather than descending on the border.

“We’re in the process of doing it now, including making sure that we re-establish what existed before, which was they can stay in place and make their case from their home country.”

Earlier in the day Mr Mayorkas. admitted the situation was dangerous and difficult, laying the blaming on the Trump administration for the unfolding chaos.

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