August 19, 2022

Border Battle: Texas Closes Door, Feds Open It

It’s never quite this simple, but the role of “sanctuary jurisdiction” has been taken up by the Biden administration.

It wasn’t long ago that the federal government under Donald Trump was actually making progress enforcing federal immigration law. One of the big hurdles at that time was so-called “sanctuary cities,” leftist jurisdictions where local officials refused to aid (and would sometimes actively thwart) federal enforcement efforts. As with so many other things, Joe Biden has turned all that on its head with his intentional invasion of the border.

Everyone knows The Babylon Bee is a satire site (well, maybe the “fact-checkers” aren’t quite so sure), but the same company runs a non-satire site called, fittingly, Not the Bee. It specializes in treating ridiculous news exactly as it deserves to be treated. Thus, the headline there says it all: “Texas National Guard locks border gate, Biden’s Border Patrol comes and unlocks the gate to allow illegal aliens to stream through.”

Literally, that’s what happened, and there’s video to prove it. “For the first time, we witnessed the TX National Guard close & lock a gate on private property at a major crossing area in Eagle Pass, denying entry to migrants who just crossed illegally & expected to be let in,” tweeted Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin, who captured the video. “Border Patrol then came w/ a key & let them in for processing.”

(The screenshot above is taken from Melugin’s Twitter video.)

“The landowner allows both TX DPS/National Guard and Border Patrol to work here,” Melugin reported. “The gate has always been left open in the past. TX is now closing it, & migrants have to wait for Border Patrol to be let in.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott was incredulous. “Unbelievable,” Abbott tweeted. “While Texas secures the border, the federal government is enabling illegal immigration. Biden’s open border policies caused this crisis.”

In Arizona, the story isn’t all that different. The state is using storage containers to create its own wall in certain sectors. When some of those containers were later found dislodged and knocked over, some blamed … windy conditions.

Governor Doug Ducey’s office isn’t buying it. “The idea that it was a weather-related event seems unlikely,” said his communication director, C.J. Karamargin. “These things weigh 8,800 pounds. There were two of them together — 8,800 pounds is basically the weight of a Ford F-450. We have a lot of strong winds in Arizona. You don’t see a lot of Ford F-450s flying around when we have strong winds.”

Moreover, the containers were dented and punctured, which Karamargin suggested means “some sort of equipment was used to move them.”

Even the federal government isn’t helping the federal government enforce federal law anymore. “The U.S. Marshals Service is drafting a sanctuary policy that would limit the agency’s ability to hold illegal immigrants for pickup by ICE,” reports The Washington Times. “Once the Marshals Service is finished processing an immigrant for its custody purposes, the person is to be released even if ICE has asked for a hold.” The policy is still in draft form, but it wouldn’t surprise us if it becomes reality.

Meanwhile, fentanyl continues to flood across the border, with July seizures breaking April’s record by 60%, as well as tripling the June number. The number of Americans dying of drug overdoses has already surpassed 100,000 annually, and most of those deaths are due to fentanyl coming across Biden’s open border.

We have often called Biden’s border crisis an invasion. Even a recent NPR poll reveals that a majority of Americans — and a plurality of Democrats — agree. The taxpayer-funded Democrat propagandists at NPR are none too happy about that, and most of the article is a stern rebuke of “xenophobic” “rhetoric” and “misleading claims,” for which NPR readily blames all of us yahoos in conservative media.

Perhaps taxpayer dollars would be better spent demanding answers and action from the people who created a border crisis — the people elected to represent American citizens.

As for Joe Biden, he doesn’t care much for border walls, originally canceling funding for Trump’s wall before quietly approving construction of small portions of it. After all, in his heart of hearts, Biden knows barriers work. That’s why he’s building a $500,000 taxpayer-funded security fence around the perimeter of his multimillion-dollar Delaware beach mansion. Walls for me but not for thee.

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