March 28, 2022

Which Border Needs Attention?

All the focus on Ukraine should serve as a reminder of Joe Biden’s border crisis here at home.

Record numbers of Russians have been crossing the border … between the U.S. and Mexico. The irony, of course, is Joe Biden’s focus (however bumbling) on protecting Ukraine’s border from the invading Russians while he deliberately opens our own to virtually all comers.

“To put it in context, 200,000 Russians invaded Ukraine, give or take,” writes Senate candidate J.D. Vance. “That same number illegally pours across our southern border every month.”

Vance isn’t being exact so much as he is making a point. Since Biden took over and immediately began reversing all of Donald Trump’s tough border policies, roughly two million illegals have been encountered or arrested by the Border Patrol, and no one knows how many more evaded capture. There were 164,973 encounters in February alone, a 63% increase over last February, and higher than February 2020 by 350%. That decimates the Biden administration’s previous excuse that last year’s surge was “seasonal.” Moreover, 8,600 Russians have crossed the U.S. border since August, along with 5,500 Ukrainians since October.

Now, to be fair, comparing our border with Ukraine’s is apples and oranges. Russia’s military invasion that, in just over a month, has cost thousands of Ukrainian lives and done enormous damage to the country’s infrastructure is not the same as migrants crossing into the U.S. and either escaping or being released into our interior. Vladimir Putin intends to conquer Ukraine to increase the size of his empire. Migrants into the U.S. are more often than not workers or families looking for a better life in a free country.

Of course, that’s also oversimplified. Tens of thousands of Americans are dying due to overdoses on drugs smuggled across the border. American lives and livelihoods are negatively affected by the open southern border in numerous other ways. And anyone who doesn’t think that Mexican drug cartels essentially constitute an army waging war isn’t really paying attention.

In any case, our porous southern border is a crisis and it deserves to be treated accordingly, regardless of what happens in Ukraine. Thus, Vance issued a challenge: “Republicans should demand passage of an America First border protection plan, which would provide $4 of funding for border wall completion for every $1 of aid we send to Ukraine.” Democrats will never agree to that, of course. In fact, the $1.5 trillion omnibus bill Biden recently signed included a $428 million, morale-crushing reduction in funding for the Border Patrol. The Border Patrol still reeling from Biden’s mendacious lies about horse whipping. This all speaks volumes about the Democrats’ priorities — they want more voters, not national security, and they’d rather spend your money on their own climate boondoggles.

As for Democrat voters, they appear content to replace their Joe Biden yard signs with Ukrainian flags, regardless of the fact that their man is the reason Russia felt empowered to invade in the first place, and heedless of the humanitarian crisis their man created at our own border.

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