September 20, 2021

An Open Border With … Haiti?

Nearly 30,000 Haitian migrants cross our border, taking advantage of Biden’s welcome mat.

Why are there thousands of migrants from Haiti suddenly crossing the Texas border, and how did they get here? These questions are the latest prompted by Joe Biden’s intentional border crisis. Quick, someone find “border czar” Kamala Harris so we can quote her laughing.

Officials in Del Rio, Texas, population 35,000, estimate that perhaps 15,000 migrants crossed into the town in recent days, and most of them are from Haiti. The U.S. Border Patrol mobilized a seemingly impressive effort to address this caravan. The first flights deporting them back to the Caribbean island departed Sunday with more to come, but according to federal authorities, most of those are single adults, not families, who may be allowed to stay. Border Patrol Chief Raul L. Ortiz wants all of the migrants removed by the end of the week. But removed where? The truth is that most will be released with a temporary permit and a court date — for which most won’t appear.

Remember, these migrants are just part of the 1.3 million who’ve been caught illegally crossing the border in 2021.

“Once one of the Border Patrol’s sleepiest sectors, Del Rio has become a favored destination for migrants and their smugglers,” reports The Wall Street Journal. “It is now the second busiest of the Border Patrol’s nine southern border sectors, behind only the Rio Grande Valley. Since October, the start of the government’s budget year, agents there have made nearly 215,000 arrests, a record for the area.”

As for Haiti, many people left following the recent massive earthquake, but thousands more left after the earthquake in 2010, which drove Haitians to South America and now northward. It appears that a large number of this group of Haitian migrants came from places like Brazil.

It also appears that Mexico, which had been detaining them in its own southern town of Tapachula, sent the migrants north. At least that’s what migrants told the Center for Immigration Studies. Maybe — just maybe — Mexico knows that Biden is a pushover.

Indeed, after the recent assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, Biden extended Temporary Protected Status to Haitians so they can live here without legal status. And until this weekend, Biden had suspended repatriation flights back to Haiti. All migrants had to do was get across our open border. They and the Mexican government knew it.

“But this is not about Haiti,” writes political analyst Byron York. “While the latest flare-up of the border crisis involves thousands of Haitians, the fact is, over the last several months, Border Patrol officials have detained people from at least 90 countries all around the world crossing illegally into the U.S. It’s not just Mexico or the Northern Triangle area, either. Ninety countries.”

The message from Team Biden has been wide open borders with a few halfhearted pleas that migrants shouldn’t come. Would-be migrants know which message to believe.

“When you have open borders, this is what you get,” said Texas Senator Ted Cruz . “This is wrong. This is not humane. This is not compassionate. This is lawless, and it is inviting suffering. This needs to end.”

Speaking of inhumane, while U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that COVID vaccinations will be mandatory for immigrants beginning October 1, guess which group is excluded. That’s right, people crossing the border illegally. So, guess which way unvaccinated migrants will choose…

Finally, if you want to know how Biden and his congressional Democrat partners plan to address this crisis, look no further than their efforts to sneak a path to citizenship into their $3.5 trillion spending monstrosity. Fortunately, the Senate parliamentarian blocked that effort, but our bet is that Democrats will keep looking for ways to push amnesty.

Now, 26 governors are seeking to meet with Biden over the border surge.

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