President Donald Trump visited the U.S.-Mexico border wall in Alamo, Texas, to discuss his immigration and border safety accomplishments.
Unlike Biden: Biden Has No Plans To Visit Southern Border
During Donald Trump’s speech, he boasted of his barrier construction along the border, his commitment to law enforcement, and warned that loosening his tough immigration policies would be a “disaster.”
Trump said he inherited a “broken, dysfunctional and open border” where people were “pouring in at will.”President Donald Trump
Trump then noted that since taking office, he reformed the immigration system and “achieved the most secure Southern border in U.S. history.”
“The most secure border in US history”: President Trump reflects on the process of ‘building the wall’ during an event in Alamo, Texas. Via Newsmax TV:…President Donald Trump
On Day One, Biden halted construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, despite proof that walls work. The wall funnels migrants toward points of entry where U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents can more easily stop illegal immigrants, as well as human and drug traffickers. Walls are an essential part of securing our border, but Biden and Democrats refuse to admit it, prioritizing political rhetoric over real results.
During The Trump Administration
The number of Border Patrol apprehensions at the Southwest border has fluctuated over Trump’s term. According to Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), the 2017 fiscal year number was 303,916, the lowest since 1971. This led the Department of Homeland Security to boast that “the southwest land border is more difficult to cross today than ever before illegally.”
However, in the 2018 and 2019 fiscal years, there were large increases in apprehensions to 396,579 and 851,508, respectively. According to CBP, the number of total enforcement actions (from Border Patrol and the Office of Field Operations), including the deportation of people deemed inadmissible under asylum laws, surpassed 1.1 million in 2019. This number decreased by nearly 500,000 in the following fiscal year.
While these figures were the highest in nearly a decade, they are significantly lower than those during George W. Bush‘s administration. In 2000, the number of apprehensions from the Border Patrol reached 1.6 million.
During the Biden Administration:
The number of attempted illegal border crossings rises 28 percent in February
Republicans have blamed higher border numbers on Biden policies. The official running CBP pointed to a hurricane, Covid, and violence in Central America.
The monthly number of attempted illegal border crossings increased 28 percent in February, the first full month of the Biden administration, according to the senior official currently performing the duties of Customs and Border Protection commissioner. Troy Miller told reporters Wednesday that CBP had 100,441 encounters with migrants crossing the border in February, up from 78,442 in January. According to a CBP official, about 75,000 of the February migrants were encountered just once, while the other 25,000 attempted crossings were by individuals who had been encountered more than once during the same month.
Miller said that 9,457 of the migrants making illegal crossings were unaccompanied children, a group the administration has struggled to accommodate.
As of this week, Border Patrol processing facilities were holding more than 3,200 unaccompanied children, more than 1,400 of them staying over the 72-hour legal limit, officials told NBC News. Miller declined to provide reporters with an updated number on the number of unaccompanied children in Border Patrol custody.
“We are doing everything in our power to get them out of our custody,” Miller said.
During The Trump Administration
While the numbers have gone down, the nature of immigration has changed over the years. In the past, most migrants were single men from Mexico looking for work. In recent years the majority of border crossers are families with children seeking asylum.
According to CBP and the National Foundation for American Policy, in February 2019, there were 66,450 apprehensions at the Southwest border. Family units made up 55 percent of apprehensions in February 2019, compared to only 3 percent in February 2013.
The number of Border Patrol agents along the Southern border has nearly doubled since the 2000 fiscal year. Additionally, from the fiscal year 2000 to the fiscal year 2017, Congress increased the CBP budget by approximately 380 percent, from about $1.1 billion to nearly $3.8 billion, according to CBP data.
During the Biden Administration:
More than 19,200 of the immigrants stopped by the Border Patrol in February were part of family units, which are parents and children crossing together, Miller said.
Republicans in Congress have blamed the higher numbers at the border on the Biden administration’s policies. Last week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said there was a “crisis brewing” on the border because of what he called Biden’s “sweeping left-wing amnesty plan,” while on Tuesday, Sen. Josh Hawley tweeted that the border was “approaching full-blown crisis, and the Biden Admin’s response is … nothing.”
Miller attributed the rise in immigrants coming to the Southwest border to the dire circumstances in Central American countries.
“All you have to do is look at the pandemic, the rising Covid rate infections down in South and Central America,” Miller said. “We had recently had a hurricane, continued violence, unemployment. If you put all of those issues together, you’re going to see folks looking for a better way of life.Miller
“The administration knew it was going to happen and everything since [Biden took office] has been how to manage it. The response is to merely manage the processing — not to stem the tide,” a senior Customs and Border Protection official told Fox News.
Meanwhile, the Biden administration has taken heat for refusing to label the situation a crisis.
“The situation at the southwest border is difficult,” Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said. “We are working around the clock to manage it and we will continue to do so. That is our job. We are making progress and we are executing our plan. It will take time and we will not waver in our commitment to succeed.”
Here’s what you need to know about the situation at the border:
1. Even liberal news outlets are taking issue with press access at the border.
The ongoing influx of migrants at the border is growing so dire that CNN had no choice but to call out the Biden administration for denying it access to what many believe to be a crisis of the administration’s own doing.
CNN’s Pamela Brown examined the migrant surge and overwhelmed Border Patrol facilities in a segment over the weekend, telling viewers that “as the situation at the US-Mexico border gets worse, the media is being kept from it.”
Photojournalist John Moore took to Twitter to lament the lack of transparency.
“I respectfully ask US Customs and Border Protection to stop blocking media access to their border operations,” Moore tweeted Friday. “I have photographed CBP under Bush, Obama, and Trump but now – zero access is granted to media. These long lens images are taken from the Mexican side.”
2. The Biden administration awarded ICE an $86.9 million contract for hotel rooms.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is securing hotel rooms to handle the growing influx of families crossing into the U.S.
The Biden administration awarded ICE an $86.9 million contract for hotel rooms near the border to provide temporary shelter and processing services for families who have not been expelled from the United States but have been placed in immigration proceedings for their removal.
The contract, through Texas-based nonprofit Endeavors, provides 1,239 beds and “other necessary services.” The families will receive a comprehensive health assessment, including COVID-19 testing.
3. The Biden administration ignored warning signs of the border situation.
“The administration knew it was going to happen, and everything since [Biden took office] has been how to manage it. The response is to manage the processing — not to stem the tide merely,”a senior Customs and Border Protection official told Fox News.
During President Biden’s transition, Customs and Border Protection officials briefed his team about the probability of an increase in unaccompanied minors trying to cross the border should he reverse some of his predecessor’s policies, The Washington Post reported this weekend.
4. Some predicted a crisis as early as last year.
Many in Central America spread the word that after Jan. 20, Biden’s inauguration date, migrants at the border would have a better chance of getting into the U.S., Reuters reported in mid-December.
Then-candidate Biden promised during the campaign to reverse a number of key immigration policies enacted under President Trump — changes that border officials feared could fuel a surge at the southern border.
Policies like the Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as the “Remain-in-Mexico” policy, were crucial to ending “catch-and-release,” a policy in which migrants are released into the U.S. while awaiting immigration hearings, Trump administration officials warned.
“If MPP is to go away it’ll be absolutely devastating,” Mark Morgan, the acting CBP commissioner at the time, warned in November.
5. February’s border numbers were big.
Customs and Border Protection encountered 100,441 individuals in February, a 28% increase over January, the agency said. Of those, 19,246 individuals were in family units, 9,457 were unaccompanied children and 71,598 were single adults.
6. Border facilities are crowded — despite the pandemic.
Photos of migrants in a crowded border facility in Donna, Texas, were released Monday by the office of Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, as the Biden administration limits media access to the southwestern border.
The migrants, who are in clear pens akin to cages, are seen sleeping on pads on the floor with aluminum blankets. In some instances, it appears that dozens are sharing individual pens. Most appear to be wearing masks.
Amid a significant surge of migrants to the southern border in Biden’s first two months, some in the media have complained about a lack of access to facilities like the one in Donna.
The White House has said it is limiting media access to border facilities in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday the Biden administration is aiming to finalize details on how the media can access border facilities like the one in Donna.
Why Are Democrats Opposed to Securing the Border?
As immigration reform is discussed in Washington, the sticking point will be, predictably, that Democrats will insist on amnesty and not agree to any verifiable method of closing and securing the southern border.
Democrats, as I have argued here before, pursue an electoral strategy based on demographics. And since they have controlled most of the big cities of the U.S. — Los Angeles as well as the cities of the Northwest, Midwest, and Northeast — their primary concern is to continue their demographic strategy of electoral security.
Since the electoral college is based upon population the best way for Democrats to win elections is to maintain and increase the populations of their cities and states. Consequently, they see immigration reform as a threat to their demographic strategy.
They see immigration reform from a cost-benefit perspective. Right now illegal immigration is a win-win situation for them. Their sponsorship of illegal immigration has gained them the majority of Hispanic voters, and this enabled them to win the 2008 and 2012 national elections.
To keep their votes, Democrats have confined them, through the benefit magnet, to very limited areas in various cities. They have also gerrymandered the Congressional districts to contain majority Hispanics. Luis Gutierrez represents the fourth district of Illinois and his district is 75% Hispanic.
So while Democrats have been very successful in both winning Hispanic votes and confining them to Hispanic supermajority neighborhoods, they are very aware of and sensitive to the reality that they must be ever-vigilant to make sure this strategy is maintained.
Closing the border is then the greatest potential threat to their electoral security. Democrats depend upon the current status quo of promoting a constant flow of illegal immigrants from the South. So while the plan to promote illegal immigration has worked since 1980, there are some real threats to it. The greatest threat to this plan is that Hispanics are moving out of the cities into suburbs, and much of the growth in Hispanic populations has been in the suburbs of big cities such as Chicago, not just within city limits, as the Brookings Institution has shown.
If Hispanics leave the big cities for the suburbs, then most of the benefits of illegal immigration, at least to cities, are threatened. Public sector unions, such as the teachers’ unions, need a constant supply of students to keep their members employed.
Public unions cannot pick up and leave to other counties and states. And Chicago has a very strong and geographically bounded union: the Chicago Teachers Union. This union must keep students in the City. Its members are not allowed to teach in surrounding school districts. Since the teachers’ union is confined to the city, it must encourage new residents, legal or not, to settle in the City. And the only population growth in most big cities in the Hispanic segment.
That this is an important consideration for Democrats is demonstrated by the fact that four of the top ten national campaign contributors are public-sector unions. And if schools close, several unions will lose jobs held by their members. Also the state collects block grant money for each resident and Democrats have made sure that residents don’t have to be citizens.
Democrats, especially in Illinois, have been very successful at grooming the illegal immigrant population. Since illegal immigrants come to the state without documents, laws (which are illegal) have been passed to provide them with documents. These documents include the matricula consular, which allows them to vote, and a state driver’s license. These forms of I.D. make it possible for illegal immigrants to function and live in the City of Chicago. Chicago is located in Cook County and even the Cook County Board of Commissioners has decided to issue I.D.s to illegal immigrants, even though only the DHS is legally authorized to do so.
The Democrats won’t mind that illegal immigrant are not given an immediate blanket amnesty. They really don’t want illegal immigrants to achieve full citizenship status immediately, since then they will be more mobile and leave the areas where they are now most useful to Democrats. The proof is this is the segregation of Hispanics. So while Hispanics want amnesty and want a path to citizenship, this path is not the main concern of Democrats. Their main concern is to keep the southern border open.
Securing the border would be a fatal blow to the Party since the flow of illegal immigrants allows them to continue to hang onto Congressional representatives in their old city strongholds. Securing the southern border is then an existential threat to the Democratic Party. They feel they will lose elections for decades to come if
1) Hispanics become independent and move out of their gateway cities, and
2) the constant flow of illegal immigrants, on which the Party depends to replace them, is stopped. For these reasons,
Democrats will never agree to an effective, verifiable method of securing the southern border. And it is foolish of Republicans to expect them to do so. The southern border can only be closed through focused Federal action. It cannot be closed through legislation, since everything the Democrats do to enable and promote illegal immigration is already a violation of Federal law and the constitution. New laws will only be treated with the same scofflaw attitude.
In the final analysis, as I have argued here repeatedly, Democrats have sponsored illegal immigration because it benefits their party and has allowed them to win elections. Seen from a profit-loss perspective, allowing the southern border to be secured does nothing but hurt them. There is not only any benefit for them, but it will cause them to lose everything that is most dear to them: the support of public sector unions, Congressional seats, and Presidential elections.
Illegal immigration is the latest strategy Democrats have employed to maintain and grow their political domination over American politics. It is also the most effective. If illegal immigration did not exist President Obama would not have been elected.
House and Senate Republicans should write a bill with only one goal in mind: to close the southern border. The so-called immigration reform bill they have now is only a Trojan horse pathway for more illegal immigration.