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Why GOP Loudly Heckled Biden Over His Immigration, Border Security ‘Plan’

State of the Union speeches are known for stretching the truth in some cases, and outright lying in others. President Joe Biden’s speech, one of the longest ever, was filled with both. Case in point: Illegal immigration. Biden repeated he wants Congress to reform border security. In fact, what he really wants is to blame someone else for the deadly chaos he has created on our border.

During Tuesday’s SOTU address, rowdy Republicans yelled out, “Secure the border!” as Biden began talking about immigration. He responded, “you got it!”

Were the Republicans rude? Perhaps a tad. But they’re furious at Biden’s open-border policies. It’s not hard to see why. When polls are taken among voters, “immigration” is almost always among the top five of their concerns.

And, no, Congress isn’t going to “get it,” as Biden promised.

Biden basically removed the effective border controls in place when he entered office, and has since lied repeatedly about taking action to stanch the flow across our border. He vowed to work with the GOP on immigration the very first day in office.

Biden had this to say Tuesday in defense of his immigration policies:

“We now have a record number of personnel working to secure the border, arresting 8,000 human smugglers and seizing over 23,000 pounds of fentanyl in just the last several months,” Biden said.

Sound impressive? Here’s the problem. Due to lax enforcement, a record surge of illegal immigrants has crossed our southern border in the past two years. Local, as well as federal, border enforcement officials have been overwhelmed.

Indeed, Biden has repeatedly said the border was “secure” since 2021, even as the number of illegal entrants has soared. Last year’s 2.8 million illegal crossings was a record. In the two years since Biden entered office, 5.6 million illegal entrants have slipped across the border, nearly 90% more than the 3 million during Donald Trump’s entire four years.

All because Biden had to appease the extreme left wing of his party, which sees unbridled immigration as the way to weaken and ultimately destroy America’s uniquely successful experiment in constitutional, rights-based self-rule.

The U.S. has a legal process for entering the country to become a citizen. But rather than returning those who came here illegally and sending them back across the border to wait, as Trump successfully did, Biden has allowed many illegal arrivals to stay. Once released from a brief custody, many simply melt into our 332 million population.

Welcome future illegal voters!

Yes, most illegal immigrants are decent, hard-working people. I&I is not anti-immigrant. But the latest surge also includes members of global terrorist groups, drug cartels, sex offenders and violent criminals. They’re now wandering among us.

The result already can be seen in surging crime, a flood of deadly fentanyl pills (made in Mexico), and devastated communities both on the border and elsewhere, as Biden’s Department of Homeland Security releases illegals and relocates them across America.

The fentanyl plague is particularly galling. Fentanyl overdoses are now the leading cause of death of those age 18 to 44 in the U.S., with more than 100,000 dead, and dozens more dying each day.

“The reason so much fentanyl is coming in this country and killed over 100,000 Americans is because 80% of the Border Patrol are taken off the line to process this historic surge,” former acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan told Fox & Friends First. “That’s an opportunity for (cartels) to move more fentanyl across, move more criminals across, move more known and suspected terrorists across. The reason this is happening is that the border’s wide open, and he (Biden) caused it intentionally.”

As we noted back in October, shortly before the 2022 midterm elections:

Article 4, Section 4 of the Constitution clearly states: ‘The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and on application of the legislature, or of the executive (when the legislature cannot be convened) against domestic violence.

So, by a strict reading of our nation’s laws, Biden’s refusal to secure the border “against invasion” should be an impeachable offense.

Instead, his new political strategy is simply to punt to to the new Congress, and pretend it’s the Republicans’ job, as we noted last month. With a Democrat-led Senate, he knows that a deal would be tough, if not impossible, to hammer out.

As the Washington Examiner put it, “Biden left the burgeoning humanitarian and national security crisis at the feet of a Congress that has been unwilling to act for decades. Biden has shown no indication of plans to reinstate a slew of border policies that his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, had implemented in his tenure.”

Biden seems to be hoping that Congress fails, so he can put in place the plan he unveiled early in his term: It would essentially give temporary green cards to millions of illegals, letting them work while their “cases” are processed through a notoriously slow and inefficient immigration legal system.

Biden’s so-called “comprehensive plan” would also, once again, give 11 million or more illegals “a path to citizenship,” rewarding them for breaking the law.

That last item is more important than you might think. The idea that borders no longer matter because no one’s enforcing them has now become common around the world.

But open borders sends a message. People want to get here. Badly. And there are many, many millions of them.

“Just under one in five potential migrants (18%) — or about 160 million adults worldwide — named the U.S. as their desired future residence,” a recent global Gallup Poll found.

As we’ve said countless times, open borders immigration creates chaos, uncertainty and crime. As Biden has shown in recent months, and again during Tuesday’s State of the Union speech, that’s just fine with him and his party. If he were truly serious about reform, he’d return to what worked. Namely, Trump’s policies.

— Written by the I&I Editorial Board

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  • Everyone is silent about what we are going to do with these people. Obviously democrats want citizenship so as to further dilute the middle class vote, but who is talking about sending this illegal workforce back over the border? So far, no one.

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