Thomas Gallatin / Feb. 26, 2021

Biden’s Most Extreme Immigration Agenda

As expected, Scranton Joe is no centrist on border security.

President Joe Biden’s immigration plan “is the most radical immigration plan any administration has ever proposed in history,” observed Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday. “They have proposed allowing every single person who was deported from this country for the last four years to come back. … They don’t make exceptions for criminals, for murderers, for rapists.” Unfortunately, Cruz is not wrong. Biden is no centrist when it comes to illegal immigration. In fact, judging by his official policy position, he’s as far to the left as they come.

Not only has Biden acted to end border-wall construction and President Donald Trump’s Remain in Mexico asylum policy, he’s reversed course on other commonsense policies. For example, Biden recently acted to lift Trump’s green-card pause, despite the coronavirus pandemic, once again allowing folks into the country — all while he continues to tout masks, social distancing, and lockdowns.

Even worse, Biden has ended Trump’s Operation Talon, a program that aimed to remove illegal alien sex offenders from the U.S. The decision prompted attorneys general from 18 states, led by South Carolina AG Alan Wilson, to send a letter to Biden urging him to reconsider. “We’re working hard to fight human trafficking and sex crimes in South Carolina and allowing convicted sex offenders who are here illegally to remain in our country makes absolutely no sense,” Wilson noted. “These trafficking and sex crimes are repugnant to human decency generally and to children specifically.”

The letter raised the obvious question: “If the United States will not remove even convicted sex offenders, whom will it remove?” By his actions and policy positions, Biden’s answer appears to be, “No one.”

Meanwhile, illegal border crossings have surged since Biden entered office, with U.S. Border Patrol now apprehending over 70,000 illegal aliens a month. Numbers this high were last seen a decade ago. Given that Biden has absolutely no interest in confronting this — in fact, he’s doing everything in and beyond his power to invite it — expect these numbers to only increase.

There is, however, a little bit of good news to report. A federal court in Texas overturned Biden’s 100-day pause on deportations, noting that the administration failed to provide justification for Biden’s executive order. Judge Drew Tipton wrote, “What this preliminary injunction does is bar DHS from unlawfully enacting a blanket 100-day pause which is contrary to law.” Tipton, a Trump appointee, further noted that Biden’s EO violated the Administrative Procedures Act. The same justification was used by the Supreme Court to overturn Trump’s DACA moves, so what goes around comes around.

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