Migrant Post-Mortem: Blood on Biden’s Hands
Fifty-one migrants perishing inside an abandoned truck on the south side of San Antonio was an unmitigated tragedy – and an avoidable one.
The San Antonio Express-News, parroting the usual talking points, renewed the clamor for “comprehensive immigration reform.” The self-appointed “Voice of South Texas,” declared: “Until we achieve comprehensive reforms, the humanitarian crisis will endure and horrors like this will persist. Immigration is not a political issue. It is a human one. And it demands our moral urgency.”
Nice words, but that standard-issue media indictment lets the obvious culprit off the hook. The Biden administration got this and other horrors rolling by opening the southwestern border and serving as a logistics arm of human traffickers for whom life is cheap. In pursuing policies that encourage illegal aliens to risk their lives with lawless and dangerous smugglers, Washington invites more death and depredation.
By failing to secure the border, this administration is making everyone less safe. Instead of strengthening America’s asylum system, Biden & Co. have abused and broken it.
The National Border Patrol Council called the president’s agenda “the single biggest factor driving the criminal chaos on the border.” Indeed, it’s worth noting that more Border Patrol officers have been killed in the line of duty in 17 months under this commander-in-chief than during the prior seven years combined.
On Biden’s insensate watch, more than 1 million illegal aliens entered this country in 2021, and at least hundreds of thousands more have entered in 2022. Knowing their chances for success are better than ever, unprecedented waves of migrants keep coming, generating lucrative profits for human smugglers. The White House assists the transport network by busing and flying illegal aliens into the U.S. interior. (Here’s how you can help to expose these shadowy night flights.)
In their emotional response to the needless casualties in South Texas, immigration enthusiasts blame the Title 42 health order that enables quick expulsions at the border. Without explanation, the Express-News simply brands it “deeply flawed.” Little or no mention is made of the Migrant Protection Protocols that are designed to bring order to the border. Federal courts have slapped down administration efforts to scrap these two programs so far. Still, enforcement is spotty at best.
The fact remains that the United States legally admits more immigrants than any other nation – by a wide margin. “Comprehensive immigration reform” remains a euphemism for a wholesale amnesty scheme to violate both the spirit and the letter of our immigration laws, which remain the most open and generous in the world.
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg was partly right when he said, “The plight of migrants seeking refuge is always a humanitarian crisis.” He could have added that the consequences for breaking the law can be severe, if not deadly.