(UnitedVoice.com) – Democrats are wasting no time trying to get out ahead of President Biden’s immigration gaffe — blaming former President Trump for the growing crisis on our southern border. However, during Trump’s time in the White House, the border was quiet. Throughout the 2020 general election, then-candidate Joe Biden denounced the Trump administration’s immigration policies. He promised to quickly and plainly reverse them.
Among Biden’s campaign promises:
- Stop the wall from being built any further.
- Undo agreements with Mexico that kept illegals from entering the US while asylum cases were heard.
- Raise the cap for refugee settlement from 15,000 to 125,000.
- Reduce waiting periods for citizenship.
- Informally shut down Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) without actually shutting it down.
- And more.
All promises he’s made good on. The result, after Biden’s inauguration on January 20, was a flood of new migrants to the southern border amid a pandemic. Coming from Central America, some said it was Biden’s words that encouraged them to travel to the United States. Others wore Biden T-shirts that said, “Please Let Us In!” Biden’s Secretary of Homeland Security refused to call the surging problem a crisis and instead referred to it as a “challenge.”
Some news outlets estimate that migrant detention facilities are over capacity by as much as 700%.
Biden Administration Admits a Crisis Is Emerging
On Saturday, March 13, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to head to the border to help house migrant children. That’s an important agency. Its stated mission is to help “people before, during and after disasters, and our guiding principles help us achieve it.”
Calling in FEMA sounds an awful lot like an admission that a crisis is hitting the border. That’s the only reason to use FEMA.
Democrats Go on An All-Out Offensive
Democrats visited the Sunday morning talk shows in an all-out offensive to defend Biden from the inevitable damage he’s taking from the crisis. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) repeated the line that the situation is a “humanitarian challenge” and added that the Biden administration “inherited a broken system at the border.” She acknowledged that 600 to 700 more children were near the southern border. Nonetheless, she called it a “transition” from Trump’s policies which held back migrant surges.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) argued that the surge began in the fall of 2020 under the Trump administration. He blamed the governments in Central America for the problem. However, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) moments earlier said that Biden was entirely responsible as the administration said in English the border was closed. However, in Spanish, they told potential migrants there was a green light.
It appears that no matter how politicians spin the issue, migrants believe it was Biden who opened the borders. The difference in policies and results over the last few years reveals it might be an accurate assessment.
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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