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Biden prefers to cover up rather than solve border crisis

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The New York Post reports that the White House is pressing local officials in El Paso, Texas not to declare a state of emergency in response to the mass release of DHS by illegal immigrants in this border city.

With immigration soaring just three weeks before the midterm elections that will determine control of Congress, politics appears to be driving the administration’s response. In a New York Times/Siena poll published Oct. 17, “immigration” was the fourth leading issue in prospective voters’ minds in connection with abortion (out of 20 options). That’s a huge leap forward from a similar survey conducted in mid-July, where more than twice as many respondents were concerned about abortion and immigration.

What triggered voters’ sudden interest in immigration? Thanks to the administration’s refusal to deter people from illegally entering the United States by pausing everything before, Border Patrol agents on the Southwest border set a new capture record in fiscal 2021, just 10 months into fiscal 2022. Even on May 20, Biden increasingly refused to comply, despite the CDC public health orders CBP expelled from the United States under Title 42 of the US Code in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. federal court order requiring the administration to keep Title 42 in place.

More than 181,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended by Southwest border agents in August, but less than 40% (just over 71,000) were deported under Title 42. The rest were processed for deportation, and most were released to the United States. According to Biden, more than 1.3 million immigrants apprehended by the Border Patrol on the US-Mexico line were released, not counting the nearly 900,000 immigrants who escaped capture in the past two fiscal years. Almost all of them will be here indefinitely, if not forever.

Migrants awaiting transfer across the border at a temporary processing center in El Paso on October 14, 2022.
Go to Nakamura for the New York Post
Migrants waiting to board the bus from El Paso to Chicago on October 16, 2022.
Migrants waiting to board the bus from El Paso to Chicago on October 16, 2022.
Go to Nakamura for the New York Post

This does not even include the human cost. Fox News reported in mid-September that 782 immigrants died at the Southwest border in fiscal 2022, more than triple the total number of deaths at the border in fiscal 2020.

Front cover of the New York Post, October 18, 2022
The front cover of the New York Post, October 18, 2022.

Yet the administration has managed to keep the humanitarian disaster on the Southwest border a secret until three GOP governors – Greg Abbott (Tex.), Doug Ducey (Ariz.) and Ron DeSantis (Fla.) began transporting immigrants released by DHS to Washington. , DC, New York City, Chicago, and (in DeSantis’ case), Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

This has pushed the border to the front pages of media outlets that have largely ignored the immigration crisis, and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, NYC Mayor Eric Adams, and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot—all Democrats—complained about the “hardships” they had. Dealing with this influx of immigrants kept the story going.

They should try to manage Del Rio, Texas, with a population of less than 35,000, which had to accommodate 15,000 immigrants who crossed the Rio Grande illegally last September.

With just three weeks until the midterms, it’s no wonder the Biden administration wants El Paso to cover up its immigration problems. However, more effective management border policies would serve voters much better than an apparent White House cover-up.

Andrew Arthur is a permanent member of the Center for Immigration Studies in the field of law and policy.

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