The catastrophe at our southern border has become impossible to ignore. Immigration enforcement officers have recorded at least 200,000 encounters with illegal aliens at our southern border for nine months in a row.
President Biden finally visited the southern border region this past week (Sunday, January 8, 2023) and stopped by the wall separating El Paso, TX from Mexico. The president’s trip has been criticized by those across the political spectrum as being little more than a photo-op.
Biden’s trip came on the heels of his new immigration plan that attempts to mitigate the border crisis. According to NPR, the Biden administration will allow 30,000 Haitians, Venezuelans, Nicaraguans, and Cubans with a sponsor in the United States to enter the country every month.
The plan will block anyone from the countries listed from entering the USA who show up at the southern border illegally. There’s also a potential plan to increase the number of other refugees from the Western Hemisphere up to 20,000 people.
Todd Bensman, a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), published a comprehensive article in the Daily Mail this past week criticizing Biden’s plan.
Bensman argues that this policy is little more than an attempt to make border numbers look better. Once they apply for entry on humanitarian grounds, the individuals under this plan won’t be reported in monthly border numbers.
According to Bensman, there’s a presumption that these individuals will apply for asylum, but there’s no plan in place to actually keep track of these individuals upon entry into the country. Bensman said this is just another way to increase immigration into the country.
“This ‘alt-immigration’ plan constructs a brand-new one-way pipeline over the southern border that will fill America with the millions of people who were likely planning to cross illegally anyway. Nor does this made-up process channel entrants into congressionally approved visa or refugee application programs.”
Bensman added that this is little more than re-labelling of the border crisis, and essentially lets in hundreds of thousands of people who would have tried crossing the border anyways.
The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) has aired similar concerns, and brought up an additional point about the legality of Biden’s move. According to a blog on FAIR’s site, Biden’s move is “typically negotiated via treaty or other international agreement, rather than enacted as domestic law.”
FAIR questioned Biden’s legal authority to make this move, and said it “reeks of abject surrender to four countries whose nationals have been blitzing America’s southern border.”
Our country is already overpopulated, and immigration levels are already incredibly high. This is just another way of bringing even more people into the United States.
The American people demand action on immigration, not photo-ops and political theater that ultimately have the same result as an open border.