President Joe Biden admitted on September 21 that the U.S. border with Mexico has slipped out of control under the watch of pro-migration zealot Alejandro Mayorkas.
The admission came when he answered a reporters’ shouted question: “Mr. President, what is your reaction to the images coming from the southern border? ”
“We will get it under control,” Biden replied testily.
Under Mayorkas’s pro-migration policies, the number of migrants has exploded — and threatens to keep rising because Mayorkas is letting about half of the migrants into the United States to take jobs and rentals and to seek U.S. green cards.
In July, for example, 213,500 migrants appeared at the border, not counting people who sneaked across the border.
Roughly half of the 213,500 migrants — 117,000 — were released into the United States, despite the scant evidence that they meet the criteria to win asylum claims and despite federal law which requires they be detained until a judge decides their asylum claim.
One month later, despite rising summer temperatures, 209,000 more migrants appeared at the border, and Mayorkas released 115,500 of them into the U.S. labor market, according to federal data.
In 2020, President Donald Trump protected American employees from employers’ use of cheap migrant labor. He cut the border intake from 36,500 in January to just 5,300 in August. That inflow added up to roughly 115,000 people during those eight months in 2020.
During the same January to August period in 2021, Mayorkas’s agency has accepted five times as many migrants — about 600,000 — not counting the roughly 340,000 so-called “got-aways” who are being allowed to sneak over the border.
The progressives’ flood of migrants will force down American wages, push up their rents, and reduce employers’ willingness to train Americans or to equip them with new technologies.
Mayorkas, who is a pro-migration zealot, denies responsibility for the migration disaster on his watch.
On September 22, for example, Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC) used a House hearing to ask Mayorkas:
Do the results that you’re seeing and their magnitude suggest to you that your plan is wrong? That your plan is ill-conceived and is plunging the nation into a crisis?
“No,” Mayorkas responded.
Mayorkas’s open-door is also attracting a rising tide of global migrants from far-distant countries. The Wall Street Journal reported September 22:
From October 2020 through August, nearly 300,000 migrants from countries other than Mexico and the Northern Triangle were encountered at the border, a fifth of all crossings. For all of fiscal 2020, when the pandemic slowed the flow of migrants, the figure was nearly 44,000, or 11% of crossings. In fiscal 2019, it was 77,000, or 9% of crossings; and the year before it was only 21,000, or 5%. As recently as 2007 such migrants represented less than 1%.
Among the fastest-growing groups are Haitians. From October of last year through this August, about 28,000 Haitians were arrested trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. That is six times the 4,400 arrested during the entire 2020 fiscal year that ended last September.
Mayorkas’s global invite is extracting young people from poor countries for use in the United States’ economy and is also killing many migrants.
For example, many migrants die as they struggle through Panama’s Darien Gap jungle to reach Mayorkas’s dangled offer. The Wall Street Journal reported on September 22 about one death among many in the jungle:
Mr. Saintime said he walked ahead to see if he could round up food for his sister, who was getting dizzy and falling behind. Later, at a migrant camp in Panama, a travel companion told him that Jenny fainted and stopped breathing. She had to be left behind, the companion said.
“I don’t know how I’m going to tell my dad that my sister is dead,” said Mr. Saintime, sitting in an indigenous hamlet in Panama. He planned to continue his journey.
The chaos, death, and trauma caused by the progressives’ semi-open-door policy are having an impact on Biden’s polls.
Public opinion has shifted 17 points against President Joe Biden’s loose migration policies, according to polls by Morning Consult for Politico. The August 28-30 poll of 1,997 registered voters shows Biden with 55 percent opposition and just 36 percent support.
In April, Biden had 45 percent opposition and 43 percent support on immigration.
GOP critics are using Biden’s border chaos to reduce his public ratings:
Biden claimed the border crisis was under control. Now he admits he lied. pic.twitter.com/BHW8ZEcL3w
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 22, 2021
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