The Biden Administration calls the tumult at our Southern border a “challenge,” while critics call it “chaos.” As Shakespeare wrote, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
Or, in this case, stink.
A few days ago, some of those from Central America arrived at the border wearing T-shirts (probably not made in the U.S.), reading, “Biden, please let us in.” Interestingly, in English, not Spanish. And using Biden’s campaign iconography.
Three observations: First, it would be polite to address him as “President Biden.”
Second, the message asks him to break U.S. law. The president has no authority to “let them in.” Congress makes immigration law.
Third, these people are getting professional PR help. Maybe from “immigration advocacy” groups that exist to thwart the law and to get everyone in here, by hook or crook.
As to “challenge” vs. “chaos,” you can choose your words but not your facts, and the fact is that there is a surge, especially among what is called “unaccompanied minors” at the border.
I can’t prove what caused it, but I can speculate: Even before his was sworn in, Joe Biden promised to suspend deportations for 100 days. (His executive order for that idea, which he swiped from Bernie Sanders, was blocked by the courts.)
As soon as he became president, Biden kept some campaign promises by tearing up agreements that had been negotiated by President Trump with our Southern neighbors.
Just as Trump cancelled some of President Barack Obama’s achievements, Biden took an ax to Trump’s — even the ones he should have left alone, such as the deal that had asylum seekers detained in Mexico, instead of on our side of the border.
With that deal ripped up — guess what? The detainees become our problem and they are swamping us. The children are overwhelming facilities, reported the left-leaning news website Axios. (None of the facilities are described as “cages.”)
The totality of Biden’s actions, whether intended or not, sent signals to those who want to come here that the door is open.
A few days ago, the spanking new Homeland Insecurity Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, said, “We are not saying ‘don’t come.’ We are saying, ‘Don’t come now.’”
That was the wrong message.
He should be saying, “Do not come illegally.” But that’s not how Open Border Democrats roll.
So now, the administration is broadcasting messages in Central America — as Obama was forced to do — to not come.
In 2014, the flaming racist [Editor’s note: This phrase is sardonic] Obama demanded that illegals NOT send their children, that it was “unlikely” they would be allowed to stay. Read it for yourself.
It had modest effect.
But when Biden reinstates the “catch and release” policy — meaning illegals are released into the U.S. to wait for their court date, which could be years away — there is no incentive for them to not come.
These people aren’t stupid. They know if they settle in Sanctuary Cities, such as Philadelphia, they will be protected from ICE — even after they commit crimes.
And, in Philly, one felon who was turned loose raped a child. There are other cases of known criminals being allowed to stay.
Biden said having committed a crime elsewhere would not necessarily lead to deportation, and argues some low-level crimes committed here, such as drunk driving, shouldn’t result in deportation.
Ask MADD if drunk-driving is a low-level crime.
I guess I have to ask Biden, just what does it take to kick an illegal out? And how come you would furnish free health care to them, but not my son and daughter?
As I said, these people are not stupid.
They know that claiming asylum makes them deportation-proof. If they claim asylum, they must get a judicial hearing before they can be sent home, and that can take years. That generosity allows them to put down roots, so when they eventually get their hearing, they say they have “become Americans” and should not be sent home.
It is true many of them are trying to escape poverty, or crime.
There is a list of conditions that open the door to asylum, but poverty and crime are not on the list. Asylum is offered to people who are being persecuted — for religion, gender, politics, nationality. It is impossible for the U.S. to take in all of the world’s poor or abused.
A lot of people say immigration law is broken. It is clunky. But the biggest problem with immigration law is people who ignore it, and that’s mostly Democrats.