The Biden administration systematically abandoned border security policies and immigration reforms that allowed the Trump administration to reverse the flow of illegal immigrants. Drug cartels and traffickers are raising funds as the locks to illegal immigrants are reopening, putting the lives of both Americans and migrants at greater risk.
You don’t have to do this.
In 2019, when faced with a serious border crisis, less serious than what we are facing today, the Trump administration called on Congress to close a loophole in the immigration system. Then, as it is now, Congress refused to act.
Instead of continuing to worsen the border situation, Trump took the president’s action. He continued to build the border wall, as requested by the border guards. He launched a program to stay in Mexico, which had never been used (but approved by Congress in 1996), requiring asylum seekers from Central America to stay in Mexico during immigration procedures. .. He then signed cooperation agreements with El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, demanding that the United States regain asylum-seeking immigrants without first seeking protection in a “safe third country” that passed on its way to the United States.
These changes quickly stopped caravans coming to the United States, knowing that immigrants could no longer enter or leave the United States simply by claiming fear. By late 2019, our southern border was under control.
COVID threat emerged
In 2020, a new public health threat arose. Moving to contain the danger early in the COVID pandemic, the Trump administration allowed border authorities to turn back migrants for public health security (“Title 42”).
However, the Biden administration robbed the victorious jaw of defeat. It soon stopped building border walls, stopped programs remaining in Mexico, abandoned asylum cooperation agreements, ended most deportations, demanded parliamentary amnesty from millions of US illegal immigrants, and Reduced the use of health protection in Title 42 and sent repeated messages. Foreign children without companions will not be turned away.
As expected, a historic number of immigrants from all over the world, not just south of the border, flocked to illegally invade the United States. Human smugglers keep $ 14 million a day in their pockets and benefit heavily from the “services” of raping women along the way and abandoning their children at the end of their journey.
Border guards have intercepted known terrorists, gang members, and sexual predators, but there is no doubt that others have slipped through. Illegal immigrants are transported throughout the United States, even after being tested positive for COVID.
Drug traffickers are also accelerating, knowing that border guards are overwhelmed by the masses of illegal entry. The amount of deadly fentanyl seized by the US Customs and Border Protection in the first four months of this year exceeds the amount seized in 2020 as a whole. How many Americans must die from these drugs before the administration can implement policies to secure borders?
Secure the border
On his way back to California, Vice President Kamala Harris, who was in charge of dealing with the border, stopped by the El Paso Border Guard facility, a few miles from the actual border, and finally went there last week. She spent a little more time in Guatemala and Mexico. So she convinced her citizens not to come to the United States and promised the government $ 4 billion over four years to solve the problem. If history is the guide, the money is absorbed by the corrupt systems of those countries, leaving the root cause intact.
Washington needs to return to immigration and border security policies that prioritize US interests. Our leaders now need to act to promote legal immigration, prevent illegal immigrants, and protect the border from drugs, trafficking and cartels on both sides of the border.
We know how to do that. We will continue to build the border wall. Revive the Remain in Mexico program, and secure third-country requirements and agreements. Consistently use Title 42 privileges until COVID is no longer a pandemic threat. Stop accepting or accepting unaccompanied foreign children into the United States. Finish “Catch and Release”. Enforce existing immigration laws, including deportation, and expand employment verification to ensure that employers employ only licensed employees.
The President and Vice President have vowed to protect their fellow Americans. However, their administration’s immigration policy is detrimental to national security.
The previous administration has shown a way to turn this rapidly deteriorating situation around. This administration can and must do the same.
Carla Sands is a former US Ambassador to Denmark. Lora Ries is the Director of Technology Policy at the Heritage Foundation and a former Deputy Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.