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The deliberate plan behind the border crisis

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 4/6/2022 Chad Wolf
A Customs and Border Patrol agent patrols the international border Tuesday, April 10, 2018 in Nogales, Ariz. The Republican governors of Texas, Arizona and New Mexico on Monday committed 1,600 Guard members to the border, giving President Donald Trump many of the troops he requested to fight what he's called a crisis of migrant crossings and crime. © (AP Photo/Matt York) A Customs and Border Patrol agent patrols the international border Tuesday, April 10, 2018 in Nogales, Ariz. The Republican governors of Texas, Arizona and New Mexico on Monday committed 1,600 Guard members to the border, giving President Donald Trump many of the troops he requested to fight what he's called a crisis of migrant crossings and crime.

We are in the midst of the single worst immigration crisis that our country has ever experienced.

This past fiscal year saw the highest number of illegal apprehensions on record, and we are currently on pace to exceed that number in 2022. Even more disturbing is the recent decision by the Biden administration to end Title 42, a public health emergency order, which undoubtedly will result in an additional surge of illegal immigrants to the border. Accompanying the huge rise in illegal crossings has been more human trafficking and a massive influx of drugs and other contraband that is contributing to an opioid crisis that is not only further devastating American communities but enriching Mexican cartels.

It has become clear over the past 14 months that the Biden administration has no interest in securing the border or tackling the immense amount of fraud in the immigration system. Each and every decision, whether to suspend construction of the effective border wall system or cancel bi-lateral agreements that contributed to a more secure border, has been a deliberate attempt to undermine the statutory obligations the government has to secure our borders and maintain a coherent immigration system.

Instead of looking forward and addressing the nature of the border as it exists today, Biden administration officials have opted to resort back to an even more disastrous version of the immigration system that existed during the Obama administration, when there was no border infrastructure construction, catch-and-release was in full effect, and the flood of illegal crossings was never-ending.

Unfortunately, this administration has taken such failed policies a step further. President Joe Biden has refused to get tough on those who are breaking the law — something that even President Barack Obama was able to do when he deported more than 3 million individuals, leading the far Left to derisively label him the “Deporter-in-Chief.” (Biden has described this action from the Obama-Biden administration as a “mistake” and vowed not to repeat it).

Unlike past administrations, when this White House looks at the border, they don’t see a crisis of illegal activity. They see a capacity issue that needs solving. They have no problem with the volume of illegal immigration, and are concerned only with how to move more illegal migrants into the interior of the United States faster.

Let’s look at just a few examples.

Since taking office, the Biden administration has lavished tens of millions of dollars in grant money to various nonprofits to house migrants and find opportunities for employment. They’ve also committed millions in taxpayer dollars to provide legal representation for migrants challenging their removal from the United States.

If that weren’t enough, the newly released Biden Budget for Fiscal Year 2023 commits $4.5 billion in legal defense for illegal immigrants over the next 10 years. Spending billions of American taxpayer dollars on lawyers for illegal immigrants is a brazen slap in the face to the American people who can’t fill up their own gas tanks because they are being squeezed by bad energy policies and inflation, unlike at any time in the past 45 years.

Biden’s recent budget included another hidden gem that severely undermines our border security. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is facing a $150 million budget cut and, even more inexplicably, a 25% reduction in bed capacity to house migrants. Fewer beds mean less space to house individuals as they are deported, thus, forcing ICE to release those individuals into the interior of the United States.

It isn’t just through the budget that significant change can occur. Just recently, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a subtle change to how and by whom asylum claims at the border will be reviewed.

Normally, when an individual seeks asylum at the border, the eventual decision on whether that claim is meritorious falls to an immigration judge at the DOJ. The process can be lengthy, but it is important to ensure that only those individuals with a genuine claim of asylum are, in fact, granted asylum. Failure to do so only undermines the system and makes a mockery of those genuinely fleeing persecution and hardworking taxpayers.

Biden’s new rule change shifts the final decision on asylum claims from experienced immigration judges to unelected bureaucrats at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency. Based on recent experience, this change will not strengthen integrity in the system but will likely result in greater numbers of illegal aliens with dubious claims of asylum being ushered into the United States.

It is hard to take an objective look at the policy changes and budget priorities of the Biden administration and come to the conclusion that the chaos we have witnessed at the border isn’t by deliberate design. We need to recognize this and demand that the White House restore security to the border and integrity to the immigration system, and stop placing politics above national security.

Chad Wolf is the former Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He currently serves as Executive Director and Chief Strategy Officer of the America First Policy Institute and Chair for the Center for Homeland Security and Immigration.

 

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