Donald Trump’s improved situation at the US border is now a complete disaster. Joe Biden has made it worse. We’ve seen record-breaking numbers of apprehensions (which means total crossings are record-breaking as well) under the current president, as the White House has discouraged enforcement and focused on made-up controversies instead of protecting the country.
Despite the fact that Trump’s administration is so inept, there are signs of change. Biden is now set to bend the knee to Trump, reinstating the highly successful “Remain in Mexico” policy which saw the border stabilized under the last president.
SCOOP: Biden will resume Trump’s “Remain In Mexico” policy, which will allow asylum seekers to return home before their hearings in immigration court. https://t.co/G5i3SLU4oN
— Axios (@axios) November 24, 2021
President Biden will start turning asylum seekers back to Mexico as soon as next week under a reinstated Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” program — but will offer them the option to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Axios has learned.
However, there are some catch. For one, this wouldn’t be happening without a court order that the administration vehemently fought. Yet, I suspect this is one “loss” the White House welcomes. They can pretend they don’t actually want to reinstate the policy while reaping the benefits of it. Biden is likely to play both sides. He will say that his hands are tied and then take credit for improving border conditions.
But there’s also the issue of Mexico. Trump had garnered the original “Remain in Mexico” deal by fomenting good relations. Those have largely been destroyed by Biden’s actions and Kamala Harris’ ridiculous blame-shifting. Contrary to what some may believe, Mexico’s leadership does not like their country being an illegal immigrant super-highway from Central America. They see Biden’s policies as incentivizing migrants to make the journey…because Biden’s policies incentivize migrants to make the journey.
Now the real question is whether Mexico wants to be of assistance at all. I have my doubts, and if they don’t, that would represent the perfect excuse for Biden to throw his hands up and tell the court “welp, I tried.”
Biden may also be subject to criticism from his party, as Democrats view the policy as an issue of humanitarian necessity. The idea seems to be that it’s dangerous for asylum seekers to stay in Mexico until it can be adjudicated that their claims have merit. Is it better to put them in cages, then let them go into the high-crime regions of the United States? I am not convinced by the claims of the left.
It isn’t as liberals claim that the system of asylum is inoperable. It’s broken because it provides an incentive for economic migrants to fraudulently claim they are under threat while gaining entry into the United States interior. This perpetuates the cycle because more people perceive it as an opportunity to profit.
However, the current administration seems to be content with this status quo. They don’t care that it enriches the drug cartels and leads to murders, sex trafficking, and other horrific acts. Biden and his associates see politics as everything. It is not clear what real life will be affected.