Just one week ago, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas flat out denied that there is a crisis at the southern border. “The answer is no,” he said in answer to a reporter’s question. “I think there is a challenge at the border that we are managing.”
The very next day, administration officials informed President Joe Biden that the number of migrant children in the U.S. is on pace to beat the previous record by 45% and that there aren’t enough beds to accommodate them.
Then Monday, Mayorkas started pleading for volunteers to help Border Protection cope with the “overwhelming” surge of illegal border crossers. “Your colleagues need assistance,” he said.
In January alone, Border Patrol agents had 78,323 “encounters” with illegal border crossers – which is higher than any January in a decade. In the three months since Biden won the election, these “encounters” totaled 224,337, which is 87% higher than the same three months a year ago.
According to the New York Times, there were likely 100,000 more “encounters” in February.
NBC News says that a “record number of unaccompanied migrant children” are being held in “facilities meant for adults” and nearly half have been held for longer than the three-day limit.
“The CBP holding cells, sometimes known as ‘hieleras,’ or iceboxes, are not designed for children. They are typically small concrete rooms with concrete or metal benches and no beds,” it reported.
Yet Biden won’t explain why the surge is happening, much less take responsibility for it. He won’t even admit there’s a problem.
Last week, a reporter asked Biden: “Did you receive a briefing about the border today?”
Biden: “Uhhhh. Yes, I did.”
Reporter: “What did you learn?”
Biden: “A lot.”
Then Biden left the room.
This week, his press secretary Jen Psaki would only say that “this is a heartbreaking circumstance at the border,” as though it were akin to an unexpected weather event. She even tried to blame two hurricanes from last year for today’s surge.
But even the New York Times (sort of) admits that Biden is responsible. Because of his “change in tone and approach … migrants are once again fleeing poverty, violence and the devastation left by hurricanes and heading north toward the United States.”
A “change in tone and approach” is a huge understatement. Let’s review what Biden has done so far to encourage illegal border crossers.
First, he canceled Donald Trump’s construction of the border wall. Next, he jettisoned Trump’s successful “remain in Mexico” policy that required asylum seekers caught in the U.S. to wait in Mexico while their cases were adjudicated.
Then he suspended Trump’s requirement that asylum seekers who traverse another country before reaching the U.S. had to seek asylum in that first country first.
Biden also stopped using Title 42, which gave border agents the ability to immediately remove illegals in order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
He announced a 100-day “pause” on deportations, then issued new rules that cripple the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency’s ability to arrest and deport illegals in what the Washington Post described as “to a major shift in enforcement.”
Biden has also proposed the most sweeping amnesty for illegals in history.
As former acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf told Fox News, “there’s been a number of executive orders and policies that have created a border crisis, a humanitarian crisis.”
Pay close attention to those last two words. In just seven weeks, Biden, and Biden alone, created a dangerous and deplorable humanitarian crisis through his unilateral actions.
This issue isn’t how will Biden “deal with” the surge of illegal border crossers. The issue is whether anyone will force Biden to take responsibility for causing it in the first place.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board