The Biden Administration (Once Again) Denies the Reality of the Border Crisis
More than a year and a half into the Biden administration, the White House continues to double down on lies, denials, and spin whenever its spokespeople are pressed on the out-of-control border crisis. By doing so, the administration is demonstrating a shameless refusal to take responsibility for the effects of its own open-borders policies. It is also insulting the intelligence of the American people, a large majority of whom are apparently not buying the official narrative. Needless to say, attempting to deny reality is hardly a solid basis for good policy.
During a White House press briefing on August 29, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked by Peter Doocy of Fox News – who had also frequently sparred over the border issue with Jean-Pierre’s predecessor, Jen Psaki – about the administration’s double standards as to who is allowed to enter the country. Referring to Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic, who was not allowed to compete in the U.S. Open because he was not vaccinated for COVID-19, Doocy asked the straightforward, common-sense question of “How come migrants are allowed to come into this country unvaccinated but world-class tennis players are not?”
In response, Ms. Jean-Pierre asserted that “they’re two different things.” “It is not that simple. It’s not just that people are walking across the border,” lied the press secretary, who simultaneously played the blame game, stating that the Biden administration was simply “fixing a broken system that was actually left by the last administration” – a favorite Team Biden talking point. Apparently, releasing COVID-positive illegal aliens into the country’s interior is necessary to “fix” our immigration system.
The truth is much different than Biden administration propaganda, of course. Since President Biden took office, almost 5 million illegal aliens have crossed the U.S. border, which translates into thousands of foreign nationals violating our sovereign frontiers by “walking” – or perhaps running, sprinting, or swimming in – every single day. Plenty of footage confirming this is available online. In places like Eagle Pass, Texas, local resources are so overwhelmed – especially due to increased migrant drownings accompanying the increased illegal crossing numbers – that some 911 calls, including domestic-violence incidents, go unanswered.
In fact, the Biden administration continues to knowingly release illegal border crossers who test positive for COVID-19 into the U.S. interior, according to internal emails. Most of these migrants are unvaccinated. As Breitbart News reported, in one case “a husband and wife had been taken into DHS custody after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The wife tested positive for coronavirus while her husband tested negative. As a result, despite both being eligible for Title 42 removal, the COVID-positive wife was allowed to stay in the U.S. while her COVID-negative husband was deported.” If the Biden administration genuinely cared about foreign nationals not bringing COVID into the country, they would not be recklessly releasing COVID-positive illegal aliens while trying to end Title 42 removals.
Given the disaster that is the Biden Border Crisis, it is perhaps understandable that spin, obfuscation, and bald-faced lies are all the administration has left as a defense. For the sake of the country, however, it would be preferable if – in the spirit of “better late than never” – Team Biden acknowledged the reality on the ground and attempted to fix the mess it has created.