April 11, 2021

Biden Moves Forward With Open-Doors Immigration Policy. Why?

“BIDEN,” say the young demonstrators’ T-shirts, imitating his campaign logo, “PLEASE LET US IN!” The picture ran in The New York Times, but one wonders whether whoever paid for the tees got his money’s worth, for President Joe Biden’s administration seems determined to let in as many immigrants as want to come.

The numbers are daunting. About 80,000 people tried to cross the southern border this January — about double the number in January 2020. That number could easily balloon this spring, traditionally the peak migration season, with fewer COVID-19 restrictions in place.

And with less cooperation from Mexico. The 2019 illegal surge was quashed by the Migration Protection Protocols, to which then-President Donald Trump got Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to agree. AMLO (as he is universally called) kept Central American would-be migrants inside Mexico, which reduced attempted border crossings and stifled coyotes’ smuggling business model.

Biden could have preserved that arrangement up through AMLO’s term, which expires in September 2024. Instead, he rescinded the agreement by executive order and scrapped the program encouraging Central American asylum seekers to apply from their home countries.

One predictable result: a sudden spike of what Democrats during the Trump presidency referred to as “children in cages.” Actually, as David Harsanyi explains in National Review, migrant children are being kept in detention facilities built by former President Obama’s administration for children whose parents or guardians were detained after entering the country illegally and making (usually baseless) claims for asylum. Liberals bellowed protests when they held 2,000 minors in the Trump years. Now, under Biden, they hold over 3,200.

In time, perhaps quickly, those held will be released and sent to purported relatives in the United States — often permanently, since many don’t show up to asylum hearings. Many are infected with the coronavirus.

The Federalist’s John Daniel Davidson reports that more than 100 of those released tested positive for COVID-19, and Greyhound is now demanding negative test results before migrants board its buses.

Locals aren’t happy with the inrush of illegals. The heavily Hispanic Rio Grande Valley produced one of the biggest increases in percentages of Trump voters last fall, and Laredo, Texas, Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar laments that “migrants are illegally crossing, potentially exposing border communities to the coronavirus and putting us at risk.”

Biden may have called Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s end to mandatory masking “Neanderthal,” but the Biden administration is apparently happy to send infectious illegal immigrants all around the country.

That’s reminiscent of how the Democrats most insistent on masks and lockdowns considered mass demonstrations by “mostly peaceful” (often-violent) Black Lives Matter supporters last year to be just fine. The implication is that law-abiding citizens are less deserving of indulgence than angry demonstrators or illegal immigrants.

While Donald Trump was questioned and mocked about his immigration policies, so far, the Biden administration has gotten away with just waving aside questions.

Joe Biden, who, unlike his predecessors by this time of their presidencies, hasn’t held a press conference yet, simply ignored a shouted question about the “crisis” on the southern border at an event in a northeast Washington hardware store.

Asked about the tripling of migrant children detained at the border, White House press secretary Jen Psaki referred questions to the Department of Homeland Security, which wasn’t answering questions either. “Ask them again,” she said. “It’s not our program.”

As for DHS, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas reportedly said the surge of illegals is “overwhelming” and called for volunteers from the department to help at the border. But he doesn’t want to staunch the flow permanently. “We are not saying, ‘Don’t come,'” he said last week. “We are saying, ‘Don’t come now,’ because we will be able to deliver a safe and orderly process to them as quickly as possible.”

This reluctance to defend and unwillingness to explain a policy that is being put in place by facts on the ground suggests a suspicion that it’s widely unpopular. Candidate Biden made it clear he wanted a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million already in the country illegally, and administration actions now invite many more to come in illegally.

This at a time when it’s not clear that the nation needs a new influx of relatively low-skill immigrants. The housing crisis of 2007-08 reduced net migration from Mexico to zero for several years, and it has never rebounded to 1982-2007 levels. The Trump policies, after some stumbles and adverse court decisions, curtailed Central American inflow.

The result is that total immigration flow has tilted toward Asia and has produced a higher percentage of high-skill immigrants — just what those on both sides of immigration arguments have said they want. Now Biden is pursuing a policy that will tend to hold down low-skill wages at a time when many have been involuntarily unemployed for months. Why?

Michael Barone is a senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and longtime co-author of The Almanac of American Politics.

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20 Responses

  1. WE KNOW WHO PAID FOR THE T SHIRTS BIDEN AN GAVE THEM TO ALL TAKERS IF THEY PROMISE TO VOTE FOF DEMOCRATS ITS THE RATS THAT PAID THERE WAY SEND THEM BACK CLOSE THE BORDERS.

    1. Could the reason biden admin is sending infected illegals into our Country is to keep the covid going so they can keep our kids out of school and keep us locked down????? This is horrendous!!!

  2. He ONLY DOES, READS, or SAYS what his OWNERS/PUPPETEERS tell him to do, say or think !!!!!!!!!!! He hasn’t had an independent thought for quite some time !!!!!!!!!!!!! It is Too bad that most people don’t understand, or are willing to acknowledge that !!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Lots of people talk about it but it seems that it doesn’t matter to them. There’s no public outrage. I don’t get it. They seem stuck in something that doesn’t exist, ie., a belief in elected officials doing good for all of us and our country as it’s being destroyed. It makes me angry but mostly sad.

  3. How can we get this joe biden removed from office. He is a complete dissaster for our country. He’s ruining all that we live for. Why did such STUPID people vote for this imbecil.? He STOLE the election with the biggest fraud ever committed by a political figure.. destroying our border security.. allowed the incredible stimulus bill ever conceived… will be raising ALL our taxes…thanks to those idiots who voted for this guy.. has destroyed thousands of jobs with his PEN. dragging our economy to the ground.. trying to destroy ALL that Trump has done for our country. Wants to bring back SLAVERY into our lifestyle. Really doesn’t like blacks or mexicans Chinese.. yes.. because they give him millions for favoring him. If any president needs to be totally impeached…its biden and that he stands for.

    1. I 100% agree with you . Biden is our puppet president because so many idiots voted for him and the rest of the votes were fraud. Sad World. Biden needs to go , don’t know how but I’m sure someone will figure it out🤞

    2. Completely agree. I wonder what would happen if our Border Patrol defied his order. AZ is being attacked by the huge number of illegals walking across our border. Is this a push to get us to fight? We do have stacks of plastic coffins, each for 40, stashed in our desert.
      What’s really going on?

  4. Biden is a complete and utter fool….. Almost 50 years in government and not done one thing to help this…. He is a total drone and never should bein the white house

    1. And he ran for president one year and (my take) lost because of his nothingness and affinity for young girls.
      But I guess today we don’t consider the past…it’s a no-no.

  5. They’re doing this because they need the Hispanic vote. Just another means to cheat Trump out of his Presidency again, and the Conservatives out of another seat in the Senate, Congress, and House. But we are going to hold them to the voter IDs before a vote.

    1. In AZ, that’s been a known fact since before he actually opened the border. It’s funny — he does something via EO and it’s the most stupid, terrible, dangerous thing but only until the next one comes.
      With talk that he’s not a “real” president, why is any of this ok? Are we following blindly without anger just like the ci bid thing?

  6. TIME TO DITCH BIDEN AND HARRIS!

    WE THE PEOPLE (aka SILENT MAJORITY) had countless opportunities to have stopped this nightmare, but we chose to give the DEMOCRATS what they expected of us, to REMAIN SILENT! Thus, making us equally complicit in the fraud perpetrated against United States Americans!

    Isn’t it time you actually did something, took action? How much more damage needs to be done?

    I urge everyone who reads this to PICK UP THE PHONE and call your REP AND SENATORS in DC and DEMAND a COMPLETE AUDIT AND INVESTIGATION into the 2020 ELECTIONS and for the IMMEDIATE IMPEACHMENT OF BIDEN AND HARRIS.

    BIDEN is completely UNFIT FOR OFFICE! And they both (BIDEN & HARRIS) have family members putting them both in a CONCLICT of interest position advertising and promoting their businesses and using their VP and POTUS both as an advertising self-interest, self-promoting position and it is ILLEGAL!

    Then copy and paste this information into an E-Mail and send to friends and family asking them to make the calls, then forward on to their friends asking them to make the calls and forward on! WE NEED TO MAKE THIS GO VIRAL!

    Members of the House
    202-224-3841

    Members of the Senate
    202-224-3121

    TOLL FREE:
    866-272-6622

    Keep in mind: SILENCE = ACCEPTANCE

    1. Copied and ready to send out.
      How much is actually read and heeded?
      I have to say that “putting my name out there” makes me nervous as a 74-year-old widow living alone. I did write to my Governor and state representatives in the middle of the fraud issue. Response: “Thank you for your concern…” In other words, nothing. I wish we could get those who voted for T and his presidency to each write = power, perhaps.

  7. You are right wait until the stock market crashes it’s only a matter of time bidens tax bill coming up will force people to get out of the mkt or face boo coo taxes on their gains..

  8. It’s only a matter of time before Biden bites the dust. If you think Biden is bad, check into Harris’ background. She makes Biden look like an alter boy with a head full of common sense.

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