Opinion: President Biden’s Border Crisis Brings Crime but No Punishment

There’s a familiar thread running through far-left, progressive ideology that explains much about the state of America and the world — the Left doesn’t like people punished for wrongdoing or laws enforced.

On the southern border, we’re seeing record numbers of illegal alien “encounters,” with thousands daily allowed to enter the interior of the U.S. The unchallenged chaos is so bad it is often covered up by the mainstream media, which prefers to ignore any reporting on the border.

Americans can see President Joe Biden’s strategy of funneling billions into the “root causes of illegal immigration” Latin American aid, releasing even more aliens caught along the border, and inventing bogus “parole” programs to bring aliens who are inadmissible into America off the records, has failed.

President Biden’s excuse for paroling and releasing millions, instead of sending them back to their home countries or detaining them, is to say they are all asylum-seekers. Migrants must prove they are fleeing persecution in their home country to qualify for asylum. Only desiring a job in the United States and living in a poor country isn’t enough. Why would anyone apply for visas?

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas continues his lies, saying, “We will work to remove, as quickly as possible, those who do not qualify for relief under our laws.” However, deportations or “removals” fell to 72,177 in fiscal year 2022, a quarter of 2019. Deportations rose to 142,000 in the 2023 fiscal year, but there were over 302,000 aliens considered inadmissible in December alone. The removals don’t meet the need. 

Although overwhelmed, immigration judges order over 20,000 illegal migrants to be deported per month after due process. But, the math reveals the staggering truth — the Biden administration will never enforce the law, deporting most asylum seekers who have failed.

GOP presidential candidates all campaign to restore order at the border. If he is reelected, Donald Trump promises to put an emphasis back on deportations. In reaction, far-left politicians, national media, and activists are losing it. 

Instead of being a nightmare, this would restore the rule of law and return to historical norms. Applicants lacking the legal right to stay in the U.S. must be returned to their home countries. Failing to do that, the system has lost its credibility. The president has sent a clear message to the world that if illegal immigrants come to the border, they will be allowed to come in and stay for years.

Tom Homan, former Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief, understands. “Part of due process is executing the final decision of the court.” Like those who believe in the rule of law, Homan questions, “If the court orders aren’t going to mean anything, what the hell are we doing? We might as well take the Border Patrol off the border and shut down the immigration courts because, obviously, there’s no enforcement of our immigration law.”

Enforcing legislation passed by Congress isn’t an extreme position. A Pew poll from last year found 73% of Americans thought it was “somewhat” or “very” important to “increase security along the U.S.-Mexico border.” A September CBS News poll showed 66% of Americans disapproving “of the way Joe Biden is handling immigration” and only 35% approving. 

In a recent poll of national voters conducted by Fox News, 67% of respondents “support deporting those here illegally.” In a CBS poll of likely GOP voters before the upcoming primaries, 80% of voters in New Hampshire and 85% of Iowa voters “want a GOP nominee who’d deport millions of undocumented immigrants.”

U.S. Attorney Matthew Graves in Washington, D.C., didn’t prosecute 67% of the suspects arrested by police last year. In the meantime, violent crime rose by 39%, murders increased by 34%, carjackings were up by 88%, and robbery was up by 68%. 

Many carjackers are teens who should be in school. In related news, 60% of high schoolers in Washington were “chronically absent” last year, and in one high school students at a rate of 90% were “chronically truant.”

In the Middle East and the Gulf of Aden, Houthi rebels, backed by Iran, are lobbing rockets and drones at U.S. Navy and commercial ships. So far, they have not hit their targets. Why do the Houthis continue to provoke the mighty U.S.? Well…because they can. They fire at us — we send a warning. And on and on it goes. Shipping and oil companies must reroute ships around the threat, which costs more money, which is then passed on to consumers by higher prices.

In Oregon, drug use was decriminalized in 2020. Fentanyl — coming through Mexico with ingredients provided by China — sells for only a dollar or two per pill, down from three times that amount in 2020. 

Kevin Dahlgren has worked steadily with people experiencing homelessness for 30 years and calls Portland “the largest open-air drug zone in state history.” He wrote, “I have found more dead people and seen more overdoses this year than in all the other years of my working and volunteering combined.”

When it comes to immigration, conservatives want current laws enforced before talking about any system reform. It means raising the bar for asylum claims to end the mass release of illegal border crossers, weed out applicants who game the system, and limit the president’s rampant abuse of immigration parole.

Let’s have a debate on the future of immigration. What is possible? What is fair? What is in the best national interest? However, we can’t begin making changes until the flood of tens of thousands of migrants crossing our border is halted.

Anyone serious about immigration reform and border security knows the only way to reduce the current state of uncontrolled mass migration — with its collaterals of fentanyl overdoses, dead migrants, and collapsing city budgets — is to restore enforcement.

It should not be a partisan political issue. If it remains one, illegal aliens won’t be deterred from continuing to break U.S. laws — much like Portland’s drug addicts, Houthi rebels, and Washington carjackers.