Call it what you want: “A Crisis”, “Difficult”, “Challenging”, “A Disaster”, it’s a problem completely created by Biden (or the backroom committee propping up Biden) and his (their) policies.
It seems unarguable that there are a lot more migrants, unaccompanied children, and refugees crossing the border putting a severe strain on resources. They’ve run out of room in the infamous “cages” and are scrambling to find other places (shipping containers) to temporarily house the children. I’ve seen some estimates that 25% of the people coming into the country were testing positive for COVID-19.
And if that’s not enough, a bigger surge is approaching the border.
And don’t kid yourself into thinking that this situation isn’t welcomed and taken advantage of by: the coyotes, mules, drug-traffickers, human-traffickers and assorted other low-life criminals. This situation impacts more than just the people trying to flee to what they think will be a better life in the US.
Another plug for Tangle. Here is today’s newsletter. (A 12 minute read)
A few excerpts
U.S. law gives these migrants a legal right to come here: “You may apply for asylum with USCIS as an unaccompanied minor if you [a]re under 18 years old, [h]ave no lawful immigration status in the United States, [and h]ave no parent or legal guardian in the United States available to provide care and physical custody.”
However, facilities at the border are currently being overwhelmed. More than 29,000 children have been apprehended while crossing the border since October 1st, the beginning of the 2021 fiscal year, according to The Wall Street Journal. During the entire 2020 fiscal year, about 30,000 children crossed the border with their families. Last month alone the number exceeded 9,000, an increase of 63% from January. On March 12th, the Associated Press reported that Border Patrol agents had more than 3,000 migrant children in custody, a record high, with the figure climbing daily and many exceeding the standard 72 hours allowed in custody. The full picture is just as concerning, according to The Washington Post:
Border arrests and detentions during the final months of the Trump presidency rose to some of the highest levels in a decade, but illegal crossings have skyrocketed since Biden took office. In February, detentions topped 100,000, a 28 percent increase from the previous month, and March is on pace for an even larger surge, with more than 4,000 border apprehensions each day, according to the latest U.S. Customs and Border Protection figures.
Under Trump, the CBP had a policy called Title 42 to expedite deportations as a public health policy related to coronavirus. The Biden administration exempted teens and children from that policy, meaning they no longer face the threat of immediate deportation.
The right says Biden needs to beef up border security and consider reinstating Trump policies that succeeded in keeping the border under control.
The left says Biden needs to stay the course on humane policy, mitigate damage being done to migrant children and push for lasting, long-term reform.
I would call it a clusterf***.
The same clusterf*** it was in 2019.
The same clusterf*** it was in the 90’s.
And don’t kid yourself into thinking that this situation isn’t welcomed and taken advantage of by: the coyotes, mules, drug-traffickers, human-traffickers and assorted other low-life criminals.
The only Biden policy I know of now is the elimination of the “Remain in Mexico Policy”, which resulted in tens of thousands of people living in tent cities, where they were frequently kidnapped, raped, and murdered.
It’s likely that ending this triggered a bump in border crossings, but don’t kid yourself that they were safe and happy in Tijuana.
There was almost certainly going to be a spike in migrants at the border once Trump left office as the threat of war crimes was lifted. It is Biden’s problem to deal with, but also 4 years of no better plan than to commit war crimes is also a cause of the problem today.
Also, poor countries that were run over by a records hurricane season probably left many with even less reasons to stay.
That would make an even longer wall. And the exodus of Texans to real America might not be something we desire. Power will go out more often, football players will want to leave their teams more frequently, they’ll make us remember Missions that we don’t really care about, giant hats will come back in style, The Big 12 will have only six teams,…
I agree this is a big issue, but it has been an issue forever. It’s disingenuous of both parties to point to the border and act like it’s the other’s fault. It’s everyone’s fault because Congress has completely failed to tackle immigration through legislation for several decades now. It is Biden’s fault for his time in Senate, but not for his time as President. I was never a kids in cages at the border person with Trump either. The US Mexico border will continue to be an issue until we have common sense legislation on immigration. My guess is that will never happen so this is just going to be a huge clustereff forever.
Use FEMA to set up temp shelters.
Reassign all ICE personnel from hunting to processing.
Provide fed funds to cities willing to take in refugees.
Provide means to assist relatives with meeting and being responsible for their relatives that are refugees
Work with Central America countries to improve economies etc