Illegal border crossing have surged since Joe Biden’s election. Some of this is related to a lack of enforcement, but the lions share likely comes from his rhetoric. You see, when a president telegraphs publicly that you can enter the country illegally and all you’ll get is processed and released if caught, that tends to incentivize more people to make the journey.
Of course, the biggest costs will probably never be known. That’ll come in the untold numbers of dead children, women, and men who never even make it to the border. Encouraging such dangerous acts, which directly benefit the drug cartels, is a cost-free maneuver for politicians. They get to pretend to be compassionate while others pay the real price of their virtue signaling .
But while Biden’s policies have already proven catastrophic, he’s apparently realized you do need some type of enforcement mechanism, and his new edict to ICE has the left apoplectic.
This is hardly the strict enforcement we saw under Trump, but it does place Biden more in the realm of Barack Obama, who did actually carry out a lot of deportations. In other words, Biden’s “no deportations” for 100 days pledge is done, and his more left-wing fans aren’t happy about it. The ACLU apparently wants no deportations ever judging by their consternation. That’s not exactly surprising given then complete abandonment of principle the last decade or so.
Unfortunately, the damage is already done. While Biden may be allowing deportations of criminals again, the surge that’s already underway won’t be stopped because perception has always mattered just as much as actual enforcement when it comes to policing the border. If people don’t come, there’s nothing to enforce. If they do come in large numbers, no level of enforcement will be enough to stop them all.
Democrats, recognizing they’ve got a PR issue on their hands, have moved quickly to cover for Biden, introducing a new amnesty bill. Incredibly, it would offer citizenship to people already legally deported because nothing has to make any sense anymore.
Such a bill will never get past a filibuster unless Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema break their very publicly stated promises. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.