President Joe Biden on Friday laid recent blame for the border not-a-crisis (he insists) at the toes of his predecessor. Does he not notice that his nonstop lies on the concern undermine his credibility throughout the board?
In an NBC interview, Biden complained he inherited “one god-awful mess at the border” from President Donald Trump, one made worse by “the failure to have a real transition — cooperation from the last administration, like every other administration has done.”
Specifically, he claims, “We didn’t find out they had fired a whole lot of people, that they were understaffed considerably.” Huh? It’s near-impossible to hearth a profession federal worker, whereas political appointees all the time exit when the different get together takes over the govt department.
Anyway, Trump was including to the Border Patrol and different enforcement branches his entire time in workplace.
The actuality: Biden inherited a package deal of profitable insurance policies . . . that he instantly overturned. And Team Trump gave Team Biden a really public warning that doing so would deliver chaos, so the core “transition” downside is on you, Joe.
“If the current policies in place are revoked as critics have promised they would do . . . the 2,300 [migrant encounters] a day will become a full-blown crisis overnight as we stand by and watch the numbers go even higher, making last year’s crisis pale in comparison,” Mark Morgan, then the performing Customs and Border Protection commissioner, stated in December. Plenty of others (together with these pages) stated a lot the identical.
Biden ignored the recommendation — and we’re now seeing 6,000 encounters a day.
On his very first day in workplace, the new prez ordered a halt to new border-wall development, stronger protections for Dreamers (youngsters who entered illegally) and a moratorium on deportations. He additionally vowed to help a regulation giving a pathway to citizenship to all unlawful immigrants.
Soon after, he ended Trump’s Remain in Mexico coverage that stored migrants there as they awaited immigration verdicts and stop making use of the public-health restriction (preserving migrants out for the period of the pandemic) to unaccompanied youngsters and some households.
Those reversals, and his welcoming tone, despatched the message that America’s border was now open. As Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has said more than once, it created “expectations” that “caused Central American migrants, and also from our country, wanting to cross the border thinking that it is easier to do so.”
The consequence? The surge of migrants — greater than 100,000 encounters in February and greater than 172,000 in March — is at a 20-year excessive, whereas extra unaccompanied minors than ever are in federal custody. Trump’s “kids in cages” grew to become “children in emergency facilities” — housed in poor circumstances not meant for minors and typically held longer than the 72-hour restrict set by regulation.
“We’ve now got control,” Biden claimed to NBC. Bull: The numbers hold climbing with no signal of a slowdown. And over 22,000 youngsters stay in the care of Health and Human Services, which takes over after they go away immigration custody.
Biden’s pathetic blame sport isn’t fooling anybody. A recent poll found that solely 15 p.c imagine Biden’s insurance policies have performed no position in the surge that adopted his White House win. And 3 times as many individuals assume border safety is worse underneath Biden than it was underneath Trump.
It’s long gone time for Biden to stop providing lame excuses as an alternative of motion and really repair the “god-awful mess” he created. The worse it will get, the extra the public will suspect he’s lying about each different “challenge” going through the nation.