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The Biden administration doesn't want to end the border crisis

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 4/8/2021 Laureen Lipsky
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President Joe Biden inherited the most effective southern border policy from the Trump administration. All he had to do was continue the "remain in Mexico" policy, a strategy that was advantageous to southern border communities in the United States and Mexico and a bane to the cartels.

But border wall contracts were canceled as soon as Biden entered the White House. As a result, there are numerous areas where there is a literal open border. Arizona ranchers in Cochise County, Arizona, are reporting that illegal immigrants are entering their private properties in droves as U.S. Customs and Border Protection is rendered completely powerless. The asylum-seekers at the entry points are so numerous that the officials helming the stations do not have time to vet the background of most who are coming in.

The Biden administration is not opening the border out of empathy for illegal immigrants. Rather, this anti-security measure is being used as a distraction to mask senseless domestic policies and as a guaranteed demographic boost for the Democratic National Committee. Clearly, the Biden administration has no desire to end the border crisis.

First, the destruction of our southern border is a distraction tactic from abysmal domestic policies. Within two months, Biden managed to offend Canada and leave jobless thousands of workers by terminating the Keystone XL pipeline project. And who can ignore the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill, of which only $850 billion is going to COVID-19-related initiatives? Not to be outdone by fiscal irresponsibility, H.R.1 is being pushed through Congress in a desperate attempt to tilt the scales in elections.

These are just the appalling domestic policies. Biden’s foreign policy escapades are no better: Talk of reentering a flawed and anti-Semitic Iran nuclear deal, reinstating funding to the terrorist Palestinian Authority, and ignoring Uyghur genocide by China are just some of the highlights of this administration’s "accomplishments" in less than 100 days.

Second, the destruction of our southern border is a technique to gather more Democratic votes. The Left thrives on conflating illegal immigration with legal immigration, and legal immigrants are often angered over the way illegal immigrants skip the immigration line and are given economic aid from the government. Just recently, states from Vermont to Maryland announced economic relief for undocumented residents. Vermont shelled out $1,200 for adults and $500 for children.

While these incentives may buy votes, what the Left does not express is that illegal immigration negatively affects wages of both legal, low-income Hispanic immigrants and low-income, non-Hispanic residents in the U.S. As findings from a 2010 congressional hearing reveal: “Illegal immigration to the United States in recent decades has tended to depress both wages and employment rates for low-skilled American citizens, a disproportionate number of whom are black men. … Those panelists that found modest effects overall nonetheless found significant effects in industry sectors such as meatpacking and construction.”

During the Reagan years, Texas held a healthy Republican lead. The Texan border communities, with a high concentration of Hispanic legal residents, voted strongly for former President Donald Trump in 2020. Yet for every administration since Reagan, the political lead in that state lessened — and not by coincidence. Democrats are lax on illegal immigration, knowing that the beneficiaries of the anti-American policy will return the favor in votes. California used to be Republican. Look what happened to that state.

The Left does not aid immigrants from Cuba or Venezuela. It knows those future voters lean Republican.

Laureen Lipsky is a writer and a pro-Israel advocate. She is the founder of the Jewish Patriots Network and a co-founder of Taking Back the Narrative.

Tags: Opinion, Op-Eds, Immigration, Biden Administration, illegal immigration, Democratic Party, Elections, Policy

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