Saturday, December 31, 2022

Immigration and Biden’s Title 42 Catastrophe: Democrats Entered Office with One Fixed Idea: Reverse Everything Trump. Then the Border Collapsed.

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Democrats entered office with one fixed idea: Reverse everything Trump. Then the border collapsed.
If family conversation flags by Christmas afternoon, here’s a pick-me-up question to pour onto the table: Who in American public life is the biggest Trump obsessive? Adam Schiff? Liz Cheney? Don Lemon? No contest. The nation’s top Trump obsessive is our man in the Oval Office—Joe Biden.
The Biden whisperers have let it be known that after the holidays the president will announce his run for re-election, largely because Mr. Biden thinks he’s the one who can stop Donald Trump.
Which naturally brings us to the thousands of migrants wading daily across the Rio Grande into the U.S.
The Biden Democrats arrived in January 2021 with one fixed idea: Whatever Mr. Trump did, reverse it. Mr. Biden nearly broke his wrist signing Trump-reversal executive orders.
By now the catalog of alleged Trump crimes and offenses is thick, but roll back to 2016 when one Trump idea dominated discussion—building a “wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border. Whatever else, Mr. Trump has a knack for creating controversies that he can expand forever like your kid’s Lego sets. Such as “Mexico will pay for it.”
Let us agree: Donald Trump can drive people crazy. Which is OK, if your role in life is not much more than hurling anti-Trump epithets into an FBI-monitored Twitter account. But Mr. Biden is the president. By law, he and the federal government have responsibility for immigration and border control.
Among his first acts was to crack open the southern border. And then he abandoned it. Though asked hundreds of times, no one in the Biden administration—not Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas or White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre—has ever given a clear explanation of what their border policy is. That’s because it wasn’t a policy decision. It was a psychological decision. Reverse Trump.
We knew in March 2021 when Mr. Biden named Vice President Kamala Harris border czar that his policy was next to nothing. The following month Mr. Biden said he would end the Trump health-emergency tool of enforcing Title 42, which allows illegal migrants to be sent back across the border immediately. Since then, according to the U.S. Border Patrol, some four million have arrived on Mr. Biden’s non-watch.
Thus it was no surprise when Chief Justice John Roberts declared that Title 42, set to expire this week, would be extended temporarily. With the border manifestly a crisis and national embarrassment, Chief Justice Roberts recognized he was the little Dutch boy, forced to stick his finger in the border dike until help came. --->READ MORE HERE
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