Biden’s immigration policies turned a victory into a loss
The Biden administration has systematically abandoned border security policies and immigration reforms that allowed the Trump administration to reverse the tide of illegal immigration. With the floodgates of illegal immigration wide open again, drug cartels and human traffickers are taking advantage and the lives of Americans and immigrants are more at risk.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
In 2019, faced with an acute border crisis, albeit less severe than the one we face today, the Trump administration implored Congress to close loopholes in the immigration system. Then, as now, Congress refused to act.
Rather than allowing the situation at the border to continue to deteriorate, Trump has taken executive action. He continued to build the border wall, as requested by the border patrol. He launched a never-before-used (but approved by Congress in 1996) “Remain in Mexico” program requiring asylum seekers from Central America to stay in Mexico during their immigration process. And it has cooperation agreements with El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras requiring those countries to take back all migrants who have sought asylum in the United States without first seeking protection in a “safe third country”. that they had crossed to get to the United States.
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These changes quickly stopped caravans coming to the United States because migrants knew they could no longer enter and disappear in the United States simply by pretending to be afraid. At the end of 2019, our southern border was under control.
A new public health threat emerged in 2020. At the onset of the COVID pandemic to help contain this danger, the Trump administration allowed border officials to turn back migrants for public health safety (“Title 42 “).
The Biden administration, however, snatched defeat from the clutches of victory. He immediately halted the construction of the border wall, halted the “Stay in Mexico” program, tore up cooperation agreements on asylum, ended most deportations, called for amnesty from Congress for the millions foreigners in the United States, decreased the use of Title 42 health protections, and repeatedly stated that no unaccompanied foreign child would be turned away.
As might be expected, historic numbers of immigrants – from all over the world, not just south of the border – were flocking to enter the United States illegally. The smugglers pocket $ 14 million a day, enjoying royally their “services” which often leave women raped along the way and children abandoned at the end of the journey.
Border officers have intercepted known terrorists, gang members and sexual predators, but there is no doubt that others have infiltrated. Illegal aliens have been transported across the United States even after testing positive for COVID.
Knowing that the border patrol is overwhelmed by the sheer volume of illegal entries, drug traffickers have also stepped up the pace. The amount of lethal fentanyl seized by US Customs and Border Protection in the first four months of this year exceeds what was seized in 2020. How many Americans must die from these drugs before this administration implemented policies to secure the border?
Responsible for looking after the border, Vice President Kamala Harris finally made it there last week, stopping at an El Paso border patrol facility, miles from the current border, on the way back to California. She spent a little more time in Guatemala and Mexico, where she unconvincingly told their citizens not to come to the United States and pledged their governments $ 4 billion over four years to fix the problem. . If history is any guide, this money will be absorbed into the corrupt systems of these countries, leaving the root causes unaffected.
Washington must return to an immigration and border security policy that prioritizes American interests. Our leaders must act now to promote legal immigration, prevent illegal immigration and secure the border against drugs, human trafficking and cartels on both sides of the border.
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We know how to do it: continue to build the border wall; reinstate the Stay in Mexico program and safe third country requirements and agreements; consistently use Title 42 authority until COVID is no longer a global pandemic threat; stop receiving and admitting unaccompanied foreign children to the United States; end “catch and release”; enforce existing immigration laws, including deportations; and extend employment verification to ensure that employers only hire employees who are authorized to work.
The president and vice president have taken an oath to protect their fellow Americans. Yet their administration’s immigration policies undermine internal security.
The previous administration showed how to reverse this rapidly deteriorating situation. This administration can and must do the same.