Democrats have joined conservatives to warn about catastrophic consequences that could take place if the Biden administration continues to roll back the policies of former President Donald Trump on immigration, particularly policies relating to our Southern border. The announcement marks an abrupt change with the progressive emphasis to open the borders and the radical left’s call to defund Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Texas Democrat Congressman Henry Cuellar told Axios that he had warned the Biden administration “against easing up too much on unauthorized immigrants, citing their impact on his constituents, local hospitals and their potential to spread the coronavirus.” The Biden plan to roll back most deportations and restore Obama’s catch-and-release policy is already showing it will cause more harm than good.
A second Democrat Congressman, Representative Vicente Gonzalez, shared his concerns in a CNN interview, stating, “Well, my concern…in the recent weeks in my district, migrants who made it across the border, who even pass the line of MPPs [Migrant Protection Protocols], who were 5,000 folks that have been waiting for two years across the border, made it across the Rio Grande Valley were processed and released,” Gonzalez responded. “If that is the message that we send to Central America and around the world, I can assure you, it won’t be long before we have tens of thousands of people showing up to our border.”
Gonzalez added later in the interview, “So, I think we need to have a better plan in place. I think asylum seekers should be able to ask for asylum and be processed in their home country or a neighboring country. And we shouldn’t have a policy in place that impulses people to make this 2,000-mile trek where cartels and human traffickers are enriching themselves.”
It has become increasingly clear to those in Biden’s own party that immigration change can go too far. His recent executive orders have not only opened the doors to more immigrants, but have encouraged massive numbers of new people to pursue illegal entry into America.
Even a growing number of Democrats in Texas and neighboring border states realize the health and safety risks. Though their number one concern is the spread of COVID-19, the sheer number of immigrants is also becoming a problem.
According to Congressman Gonzalez, illegal border crossers are simply processed and released. This cannot continue for long without tremendous strain on local communities and health systems. Instead, Biden’s team must provide protection for his current citizens instead of those he chooses to import.
How can a sitting president idly watch as thousands of new people stream into the nation without health screenings and a check of their criminal records? How many COVID-19 cases have been added to America’s totals already? How many immigrants with a criminal history (not including illegal immigration) have already invaded our country?
At the current rate, we’re on pace to have a major refugee crisis along our nation’s southern border by summer. If that’s what Biden and team really want, they are right on track. If the left really wants to support America to unite and rebound from a pandemic, it might help to stop letting in more people than can be safely handled.
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