Border Crisis Worsened in May, and the Worst May Be Yet to Come May continued this disturbing trend, as the Border Patrol apprehended 180,034 people entering along the southern border– the highest total recorded for any month in more than 20 years. The May 2021 apprehension numbers represent a 700 percent increase over May 2020, when the Border Patrol nabbed 23,237 at the southern border.
Unanimous rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court are exceedingly rare these days. But twice, in June, the high court handed down 9-0 decisions giving the government clear leeway to remove aliens who are in violation of our laws.
In the case of Sanchez v. Mayorkas, the Court was unanimous in its decision that illegal aliens who have benefited from protections granted under Temporary Protected Status (TPS) have not gained legal status in the United States and therefore cannot use that status to obtain a green card and eventual citizenship.
More than two months after Vice President Kamala Harris was tapped by President Biden to address the crisis at our southern border (which the administration still refuses to acknowledge as a crisis), she made her first public effort to solve the problem that she and the president created. In early June, the vice president paid a visit to Guatemala and Mexico. It could not have gone worse.
On the eve of Vice President Kamala Harris’ trip to Guatemala and Mexico, a visit designed to convince the American public that the administration is trying to address the border crisis, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that the U.S. was officially withdrawing from the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). The MPP, also known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy, was implemented by the Trump administration in response to the 2019 border crisis.
The Border Crisis has been the dominant immigration story since Joe Biden was sworn in on January 20th, 2021. However, the elimination of effective border enforcement tells only part of the story of the administration’s efforts to gut any meaningful control of illegal immigration.
Over the past 20 years, Arizona voters have repeatedly approved ballot measures (by substantial margins) intended to discourage illegal immigration. The will of the voters has been repeatedly upheld by the courts in the face of legal challenges to these measures. In other words, the message of the voters has been pretty clear – they want illegal immigration deterred. But many politicians in Arizona are still not getting the message.
The current humanitarian, national security and health catastrophe playing out on our southern border is a crisis, notwithstanding the Biden administration’s efforts to portray it as a manageable “situation.” It is not a normal seasonal uptick in illegal immigration, as the president and his handlers continue to assert. It is a self-induced crisis, created by the president’s policies and words, enabled by members of Congress (mostly from his own party), and largely ignored by the national media.
In his April address to the nation, President Joe Biden laid out his very costly agenda for the country. Among the key targets of his proposed spending spree were addressing the nation’s homelessness crisis and providing tuition-free college education to everyone in the country.
There is, of course, another pressing crisis that the president failed to acknowledge for the obvious reason that his own policies created it: The raging illegal immigration crisis at our southern border on top of the 14.5 million illegal aliens who were already here when he took office.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended nearly 179,000 people entering the United States illegally in April. That figure represents an astounding increase of more than 1,000 percent over April 2020 border apprehensions – hardly a “seasonal uptick,” as claimed by the Biden administration. Apprehensions in April were the highest for any month since 2000.