It’s the only way to seal the border.
You hear the expression “crisis at the southern border” so often, you hardly pay attention. Maybe we need a new expression for what Joseph Biden is doing: catastrophe, disaster, calamity. The closer you look, the better you understand why some of the Republican hotheads are muttering about impeachment — but that’s not the solution.
During the campaign, future President Biden rang the dinner gong for illegal immigrants. He denounced the border wall, said Donald Trump was cruel, and promised free medical care for all illegals.
They got the message.
The new president had been in office just a few weeks before hundreds of potential Democrats showed up at the border wearing matching T-shirts that read, “Biden, please let us in.”
Then they knelt in prayer — to whom, I’m not sure.
They were part of what turned into a title wave.
Here are the monthly numbers, going back 20 years, of what are called “migrant encounters” on the Mexican border.
As you can see, the number bounces around, but see that red dot over towards the right? That’s November 2020, when Mr. Biden was elected. The numbers shot up. This graph goes only through July last year, but since then, illegals have broken the record of 220,000 set back in March 2000.
“Migrant encounter” means the Border Patrol caught somebody. There can be two outcomes: immediate expulsion or apprehension and some kind of further processing, such as an application for asylum. This graph shows the proportion of apprehensions to expulsions over the last 10 years.
As you can see, the percentage of expulsions has plummeted. What happened? The red line marks the end of the Trump administration and the start of the Biden administration. That’s what happened. The Border Patrol expelled a lot fewer people.
So, not only has the number of “encounters” gone through the roof, the Biden people are letting a whole lot more illegals stay — which encourages even more to sneak in. The stampede for the border has brought exciting, new ways to get here: “Smugglers increase use of locked railcars to move migrants into Texas.” The Border Patrol got a tip, cut the locks off the doors, and found 50 people inside.
If they get locked in on the Mexico side, who is supposed to let them out once they get to Texas?
Some illegals don’t make it. Headline from the Washington Times: “2021 Sets Record for Most Migrant Fatalities.”
Last year, there were 557 illegals we know of who died trying to cross the border. There was also a record number of rescues: 12,854 illegals more would have died if the border patrol hadn’t saved them.
But let’s get back to the people who make it. The Center for Immigration Studies issued an April 19 report that’s worth quoting: “CBP encountered 221,303 illegal migrants at the Southwest border last month — that was March — bringing total encounters there to just fewer than 1.06 million for just the first half of FY 2022. Worse, DHS released more than 80,000 of those migrants into the interior last month, raising the total number of migrant illegal releases under the Biden administration to 836,225.”
Here’s Alejandro Mayorkas, head of Homeland “Security” — what a joke — cheerfully confirming that figure of 836,000.
But it’s worse than that. That figure of illegals on the loose doesn’t include an additional 157,000 unaccompanied children, who are housed on your dime until Alejandro can find homes for them. Not to mention 620,000 “got-aways,” the people the Border Patrol saw hopping the border but couldn’t catch. And no one knows how many more got in without anyone noticing.
That’s a total of at least 1.6 million brand-new illegals — about half a percent of the current US population — who waltzed into the country since Uncle Joe took office. If they claim asylum, they are home free until they get a hearing. Any idea what the backlog is for asylum hearings? Here’s a graph of increases in asylum cases every quarter. Look over on the right. From a low point shortly after Uncle Joe took over, the numbers have been going up, up, up. And remember: These are additional cases, not total cases.
There are now 1.7 million backlogged cases. That’s the number of people waiting — and probably hoping never to get — their day in court.
And let us not forget the 76,000 Afghans who flew in as “humanitarian parolees” after the collapse of our pet government in Kabul, many of whom are still living in hotels at your expense.
They qualify for every welfare program there is.
Nor should we overlook the 40,000 Cameroonians who just hit the Biden jackpot and got Temporary Protected Status, meaning they will probably live here forever.
And they are in addition to the 100,000 Haitians who got TPS last year. It’s known as “amnesty light,” and Alejandro can hand it out with a flick of his pen hand. The foreign-born population is now at a record 46.6 million people. That’s the equivalent of more than five New York Cities and, of course, doesn’t include the US-born children of foreigners.
The Federation for American Immigration Reform has just put out a report called: “How Many Illegal Aliens Live in the United States?”
The media love to talk about 11 million, but that figure is 10 years old. After a careful count, FAIR thinks the number is at least 15-1/2 million.
Illegal immigrants consume more in services than they pay in taxes, so the total net cost of illegal immigration since 2010 keeps rising and is now more than \$140 billion dollars.
That’s right out of your pockets, dear readers. FAIR’s conclusion? “[T]he Biden administration has effectively abolished the mission of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).”
And I can promise that things will only get worse. One of the big reasons the previous administration could pitch so many illegals back across the border was because Mr. Trump invoked what is called Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations. It’s based on a law passed in 1944, which gives the government the power to ignore asylum requests — and just about any other reason to let someone into the country — in order to keep out foreigners with infectious diseases. So far as I can tell, Mr. Trump is the first president to use Title 42 — to fight Covid.
Naturally, along with all the other sensible Trump immigration measures Mr. Biden has ditched, he wants to stop using Title 42, which would mean that pretty much anyone who can stammer out the word “asylum” will stay, and get a ticket in the court-hearing lottery. There may be a legal bump or two on the way, but Alejandro happily expects Title 42 to be out of the way later this month. Even the New York Times concedes that ending Title 42 could mean 18,000 illegal crossings from Mexico every day.
Eighteen thousand a day. How does that compare to the monthly figures we have been seeing so far? Eighteen thousand a day means 540,000 a month.
Already, more than half of the Border Patrol agents in the most heavily trafficked sectors are away from the border, feeding, housing, transporting, and babysitting aliens. Who’s going to be left to guard the border when we get this flood?
Don’t worry. Kamala Harris has things under control. She’s going to make everyone south of the border so happy they won’t want to come. The Hill thinks “Kamala Harris is right about how to deal with root causes of migration.”
She has sleuthed out the problems in those countries that she is going to solve: “corruption, violence and poverty, the lack of economic opportunity, the lack of climate adaptation and climate resilience, the lack of good governance.”
That’s a lot. She’s got a “\$4 billion four-year inter-agency plan to address the underlying causes of migration in the region,” which includes El Salvador Guatemala and Honduras.
The combined population of those three countries is 35 million. Four billion dollars would be \$28.50 a year for every man woman and child. What will that get them? A month’s worth of tacos? Kamala Harris must surely be the stupidest person ever to be second in line to the presidency.
But, again, don’t worry: “Harris says she spoke to leaders of Japan, Finland about combating migrant crisis.”
I’m sure the Finns were sitting there thinking, “Not our problem, lady.”
But not all Democrats are half-wits. They haven’t seen my little graph on projected “migrant encounters,” but as The Hill reports, “Democrats pressure Biden to back off Title 42 decision.”
They know voters don’t want half a million new illegals piling in every month, and at least for now, Title 42 can keep them out. But not even Republicans can claim for much longer that we have to seal the southern border against Covid. We have to seal it against people.
Any nation that can’t do that doesn’t deserve the name. We need a new title — I think 1790 would be a good number — that says no one has a right to come.
Asylum, refuge, emergency parole, family reunification — that’s all baloney. We should let in only the people we want, and only for reasons that suit us. Let’s go back the first and best standard for new American citizens: “free white persons of good character.”