February 3, 2021

Biden Immigration Orders Undo Trump’s Progress

Three more executive orders Tuesday were focused on rescinding previous border-security efforts.

“If you can’t get the votes … you can’t [legislate] by executive order unless you’re a dictator. We’re a democracy. We need consensus.” —Joe Biden in October

In his first 10 days, Joe Biden carpet-bombed America with 25 executive orders. And he isn’t done, signing three more on Tuesday, all related to immigration.

“There’s a lot of talk, with good reason, about the number of executive orders that I have signed,” Biden said. “I’m not making new law. I’m eliminating bad policy.”

Well then.

The first immigration order is titled “Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans.” Unfortunately, almost every one of those words is exactly the opposite of what Biden’s policy will be. Biden and the Democrats are utterly undermining our legal immigration system by treating illegals with such favor. Why wait in line and do it the right way when you can skip all that rigamarole and get amnesty, with taxpayer benefits along the way?

As for “integration and inclusion,” America was once a melting pot, but that’s now considered xenophobic and white supremacist. Almost everyone wants the kinds of immigrants Biden’s order praises — hard-working entrepreneurs who fuel our economy and build our country. But we want them to become Americans, both legally (by following the law) and culturally. Democrats instead want to solidify cultural divides for their own political advantage.

His second order is enormous in scope, but fairly specific in impact. Titled “Creating a Comprehensive Regional Framework to Address the Causes of Migration, to Manage Migration Throughout North and Central America, and to Provide Safe and Orderly Processing of Asylum Seekers at the United States Border,” the key components are twofold: directing U.S. engagement with nations to our south that generate the vast majority of migrants, and rescinding President Donald Trump’s asylum policy.

Stopping the flow would help, if that’s what Biden’s efforts would really do. The Department of Homeland Security doesn’t have the capacity to quarter every immigrant seeking asylum, so most were simply released into the country until their case could be adjudicated. Trump stopped all that. Biden will restart it with his newly confirmed DHS secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas.

Biden’s third order is titled, “The Establishment of Interagency Task Force on the Reunification of Families.” That’s almost self-explanatory; it’s focused on reuniting families separated by the Trump administration in holding facilities.

The Left mischaracterizes Trump’s policy as “immoral” and “cruel,” but there’s a wrinkle in the narrative: Many of the children separated from their parents were separated long before they were trafficked across the border. Why? Because their parents are using their kids to get here themselves, which the Biden administration tacitly acknowledged … and offered to assist. The Washington Examiner reports, “[White House Press Secretary Jen] Psaki told reporters cases would be assessed individually, but she suggested some deported parents could be brought back to the U.S. and given legal status to stay in the country.”

The Biden-Harris immigration plan is one that puts illegals first, to the detriment of legal immigrants and American citizens. That isn’t compassionate or humane, as the administration keeps insisting; it’s lawless and unfair, and the nation will pay the price.

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