One of President Joe Biden’s first acts in office was to begin reversing President Trump’s effective border and immigration policies, from stopping construction on border barriers, to walking away from agreements with Mexico and others to keep migrants seeking asylum in their countries, to promises of blanket amnesty for nearly 15 million illegal migrants in the U.S. already. The massive surge in illegal migrants and the humanitarian and security crisis that immediately ensued is the result.
Since then, Biden initially denied journalists access to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) facilities on the border and has also denied that there is a crisis at the border. Later he blamed former President Trump for the crisis. This, even as the crisis deepens and has been amply documented, and even admitted by some of his own team. Unaccompanied children have been kept in cages or flown across the country to facilities in other states.
All the while, Biden has refused to visit the border. And in March he passed the buck to his VP Kamala Harris, anointing her his ‘immigration czar.’ Problem is that in the next two months, Harris hasn’t visited the border either, and has no apparent plans to do so any time soon.
Meanwhile, the situation has only gotten worse. I recently wrote about how young male illegal migrants coming through Arizona are using military gear and tactics to infiltrate into the country. Most recently, reported Fox News, one of their drones spotted a migrant group of about 40 overwhelming Border Patrol agents in Texas on Sunday, running across the southern border into the U.S. as they were chased by border agents on foot in La Joya, Texas. Most in this group were young single males.
Fox noted that:
About 15 to 20 of the migrants were taken into custody as the other half assumedly managed to flee. Two migrants on the run appeared to be handcuffed together, giving off the impression of being in custody prior to the chase.
Separately, video from the ground shows another group of migrants — about 53 people from Romania, Venezuela, Guatemala and Honduras who surrendered to Border Patrol agents.
As noted by the New York Post, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott warned during an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that the surge of migrants coming across the southern border is causing a “dramatic increase” in the amount of drugs being brought into the US.
“The Texas Department of Public Safety patrols the border every single day. And they have seen an 800 percent increase in the amount of fentanyl coming across the border. They seized this year enough fentanyl to kill every man, woman and child in the entire state of New York,” Abbott said Sunday.
Still, Vice President Harris has made no arrangements to go to the border, talk to local officials, and see it for herself in person.
When asked by reporters when Harris would finally visit the border, Fox reported, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Monday said: “I expect she will make a trip to the Northern Triangle [Central America] at some point soon. So that would be where she would travel given her purview.” ADN