President Joe Biden was confronted on Tuesday about his unwillingness to go to the border to witness the illegal immigration crisis firsthand. Watch:
“Why go to a border state and not visit the border?” Doocy asked.
“Because there are more important things going on,” Biden replied. “They’re going to invest billions of dollars in a new enterprise.”
“More important things going on.” This is the response of a president whose job it is to enforce the laws of the land, including those governing immigration into the country.
The Biden administration continues to see record numbers of migrants illegally cross the southern border, the DCNF reported. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered over 2.3 million in fiscal year 2022 and more than 230,000 in October.
The Biden administration implemented policies early in its administration to reduce ICE enforcement. One such policy was a 100-day moratorium on deportations, which a federal judge struck down. DHS also sought to limit immigration enforcement to threats to border security, national security and public safety.
The Biden administration is also scaling back its monitoring of illegal immigrants, according to former ICE Chief of Staff Jon Feere.
“Mayorkas is painting the picture that large numbers of aliens are being tracked with ankle bracelets, but the data shared with anti-ICE NGOs indicates they’re rapidly shrinking this program,” Feere said.
“Of course, the government routinely loses track of thousands of aliens on all forms of ATD, and it’s clear detention is critical to ensure compliance with our immigration courts,” he added.
However, the Biden administration is also considering the revival of a Trump-era policy that places limits on which immigrants may claim asylum after crossing into the country illegally.
According to reports from the Wall Street Journal and Reuters, Biden’s adoption of the policy would prevent certain migrants from claiming asylum in the United States if they have not claimed similar protections in other nations prior to their arrival in the United States.
The American people will believe it when they see it.
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