President Joe Biden is grappling with a crisis at the border. If he won’t take a page from Republicans, maybe he will listen to a fellow Democrat.
Barack Obama called Biden’s open borders “unsustainable” and called the whole system “dysfunctional,” Fox News reported. The Democratic former president was featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Tuesday.
The Biden administration is facing an illegal immigration problem that has come to a head in Del Rio, Texas. An estimated 14,000 Haitian immigrants have gathered under a bridge there as conditions continue to deteriorate into a full-fledged humanitarian crisis. This has added to the problems with the system already stretched to its breaking point by Biden’s permissive attitude toward illegal immigration.
“As big-hearted as he is, nobody understands that better than Joe Biden,” Obama said of the man who served as his vice president. “And the question is now: Are we gonna get serious about dealing with this problem in a systemic way, as opposed to these one-offs where we’re constantly reacting to emergencies?” he asked.
“And I think that that’s something that every American should wanna put an end to,” Obama added. “Immigration is tough. It always has been because, on the one hand, I think we are naturally a people that wants to help others,” the former president said.
“And we see tragedy and hardship and families that are desperately trying to get here so that their kids are safe, and they’re in some cases fleeing violence or catastrophe,” Obama said to explain the influx. “At the same time, we’re a nation state,” he pointed out.
“We have borders. The idea that we can just have open borders is something that … as a practical matter, is unsustainable,” Obama added. This is a contrast to the way he governed during his time in the White House when Obama shielded millions of illegal aliens from deportation with executive action, according to NPR.
Obama is correct that Biden has to deal with this problem head-on now that it’s turned into an unmitigated disaster. However, it’s doubtful Biden will do anything constructive because he’s consistently unwilling and unable to solve any major issue in the country without making it worse — just like Obama.