Opinion: America’s Crisis at the Border is Coming Home to Roost

Migrants crossing the border | Image by David Peinado Romero

Since Joe Biden became president in 2021, the Democrats and their allies in the media have stopped caring about the fate of child migrants who have one way or the other made it to the U.S. The statistics, the trends and the individual stories are horrific under this administration, and it has cast further shame on the media for their lack of concern with the true state of affairs.

When former President Donald Trump was first accused of the cruel act of keeping kids separated from their parents while being kept in cages, it made great fodder for the evening and cable news, with news anchors and Democratic guests coming on to pummel him for being “inhumane.” But as is often the case, it was not what it initially appeared to be. In fact it was kids in cages, but it turned out that the images were from Barack Obama’s cages in 2014.

The Biden administration is now seeking congressional funding for a program to supply temporary housing for migrant families that illegally cross the southern border, according to Axios. The explanation is that this will give the migrants more freedom than traditional detention. This program would be part of the nearly $2.7 billion in new funding the administration is seeking for the Department of Homeland Security’s various border efforts.

This request comes amid more bad news at the border for the Biden administration.

In July alone, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) recorded more than 130,000 arrests along the southern U.S. border, compared with 99,545 in June, according to the Daily Mail citing a source close to the Border Patrol. Among those, as seen in these pictures, are people sitting in cages with temperatures over 110 degrees.

“It is bad news for the Biden administration,” according to the British paper. “The pictures of people held inside wire fences provide a visual echo of families caged under the Trump administration.”

The border had been at its most secure in many years when President Trump left office, having established the Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), better known as “Remain in Mexico.” Though there had been significant progress on a border wall between Mexico and the U.S. and a great increase in human border security, President Biden, based on an alleged humanitarian approach to immigration, opened the border.

Based on the Biden administration’s own figures, approximately seven million illegal migrants have crossed into the U.S. since Joe Biden became president, and that includes at least 1.5 million so-called gotaways — people seen crossing the border but who were never apprehended or processed into the country.

While the Biden administration claims that the problem is that it inherited a “broken and dismantled immigration system,” that is clearly untrue. Under Trump’s administration, illegal immigrant crossings were down significantly. In Trump’s worst year, 2019, there were one-third as many border encounters as there were in fiscal year 2022, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The number of unaccompanied children (UACs) encountered at the border jumped from just 33,239 in FY 2020 to 146,925 in FY 2021 and 152,057 in FY 2022, according to Fox News.

Surprisingly, it was the New York Times that broke some significant news back in February in a story on how migrant children are being forced to work in dangerous jobs across the U.S.

“These are not children who have stolen into the country undetected. The federal government knows they are in the United States, and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for ensuring sponsors will support them and protect them from trafficking or exploitation,” wrote the Times.

They reported that during the first two years Joe Biden was president, HHS, which checks on all minors to be sure that they are living with their supposed sponsors, “could not reach more than 85,000 children. Overall, the agency lost immediate contact with a third of migrant children.”

The Times even accuses the administration of having “rigged the numbers coming through, by creating an app so that when they arrive at the border, they are met by someone and brought in as asylum seekers, and often given 5 years or more to have to come before the courts.”

When tracked down, they found that these children were stitching “Made in America” tags into J. Crew shirts, baking dinner rolls for Walmart and Target, processing milk used in Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and deboning chicken sold at Whole Foods.

And in some ways these are the lucky ones. At least they are not being sex-trafficked and sold as slaves. The movie, “Sound of Freedom,” which was released on the Fourth of July, has struck a chord in this country as it features a true story of rescuing kids who have been kidnapped and used as sex slaves for very sick and evil people in this country and abroad. The film has grossed more than $180 million domestically, which is more than the latest Indiana Jones movie starring Harrison Ford, which opened a week earlier.

The Biden administration’s immigration policy has been to open the borders, allowing millions of people to claim asylum in the U.S., though few will actually qualify in the end based on the law and politics. But that will hardly prevent them from staying.

The country is forever changing before our eyes. Congress and states such as Texas and Arizona are being ignored and defied as millions of people, from well over 100 different countries around the world, have gained permanent U.S. residency. More than 100 from the FBI’s Terrorist Watchlist have been discovered coming into the country, half of them after having made it in.  This is a disaster for legal immigrants who have hired lawyers, waited in line, and have been held up often for years trying to get the coveted green card.

Congress and the administration are facing a showdown in September, whether to pass another continuing resolution, or to go through the appropriations process, and whether to open an impeachment investigation against the failed and compromised president. Congress should stand strong and fight back against these feckless policies of the Biden administration, and hold him personally accountable.

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