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October 24, 2023

An Insane Border Record

We just saw the highest number of illegal immigrant encounters for the month of September.

The chaos at the southern border is nothing new, especially under this president. His administration’s indifference to the lives of the American people, and the lives of the desperate people illegally crossing the border, is sociopathic in the extreme.

Customs and Border Patrol (CPB) has released the latest numbers, and in the month of September the total migrant encounters were a record 269,735. In the year-over-year calculation, President Joe Biden has broken another record. According to PJ Media, “The Customs and Border Protection reported Saturday that agents encountered 3,201,144 illegal immigrants at the border — 434,000 more than last year.”

These numbers represent only the illegal immigrants CPB was able to apprehend. There are likely untold thousands more who have successfully crossed the border undetected. CPB is not to blame — the agents are doing their job — but the sheer numbers have overwhelmed what manpower they have. Not to mention that CBP has its hands further tied by this administration’s border policies.

America is also overwhelmed. Regardless of whether their leaders have foolishly declared cities “sanctuaries” or not, illegal immigrants are flooding cities and states, draining resources and contributing almost nothing to public revenue.

There are numerous consequences for this feckless disregard for our border. Many Americans have paid with their lives in the form of drug overdoses and murders. Perhaps the greatest danger that is as-yet not fully realized is the number of illegal immigrants who are on the terror watch list.

One hundred sixty-nine people who are on the terror watch list have been apprehended at the border over the previous 12 months. In fact, that’s more than the number of such apprehensions over the past six years combined. Those are just the people agents caught. Again, there are any number of people who have crossed totally undetected and will remain thus until they commit some sort of crime to bring them to the authorities’ attention.

Now there is war in the Middle East begun by Islamic terror against innocent Israeli citizens. War in the Middle East is a near constant it seems, but the scale and the boldness of bad actors have worked to destabilize all of their enemies — the U.S. is just as bad as Israel, in their sight. The specter of Islamic jihad in the U.S. is still fresh in the minds of those who have lived through it. It’s especially sobering when former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy warns about potential terrorist sleeper cells.

We certainly remember the 9/11 attacks, and our city suffered one of the numerous “lone wolf” terror attacks that occurred in the years following 9/11. Now the next generation of Americans, our children, will possibly experience the unthinkable because of this weak president and his administration that decided leftist narratives and ideology are more important than the Americans whom Biden swore to serve.

The threat posed by bad actors coming from the Middle East is only part of the issue. Other foreign nationals are also able to sneak in. Those from our biggest global rivals like China have also been stopped at the southern border.

Nothing good has come out of the border being wide open, but Team Biden is refusing to do much of anything to stem the flow. Potentially opening up our citizens to another round of unpredictable violence (as in “lone wolf” attacks) and preventable instability (preventable because having a secure border is essential to the stability of a country) is careless, at the very least. It also showcases our current weakness as a nation. Our foreign enemies bank on the gullibility, distractibility, and short memories of our people, and that is playing out in the sociopathic recklessness of those whose duty it is to secure the border.

Biden and his administration have created an impossible situation for the American people, one that any number of next presidents will have to clean up. What is the most humane response for those already here? Send them home and close the borders.

Let’s make America safe again.

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