The Biden administration, which comes as no surprise to anyone, is facing a growing crisis at the border. In recent days, thousands of Haitian immigrants have crossed the Rio Grande.
No, it’s not a typo.
The scene is so embarrassing and distressing that the FAA has restricted drone camera flights to prevent Fox News from showing footage of what the developing migrant encampment looks like.
These Haitian migrants are part of a larger movement of tens of thousands of Haitians trying to migrate to the United States from a number of South American countries, where they fled after the 2010 earthquake. They apparently got the message loud and clear that if you show up at the border, or get caught, you could be distributed inside the United States and won’t even have a court date.
The Biden administration halted deportations, weakened many rules that governed how customs and border patrols handled illegal border crossings, and overturned Trump’s policy of remaining in Mexico.
This has been compounded by the administration’s response to the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel MoÃ¯se, which includes the extension of temporary protection status to Haitians. And so, the caravans are back and often involve human trafficking cases. This wave of migration has pushed the number of illegal border crossings to a peak in 20 years. This is happening even as Internal Security tries to settle 60,000 evacuees.
The Washington Post reports: âCBP is working to send additional officers to Del Rio to help process migrants, assigning them numbers as they line up to be formally apprehended, the first step in a request. asylum or some other form of American protection. Most migrants are likely to be released in the United States with notice to appear in court at a later date. “
All of this should be a shame on the Biden administration. If anything has become clear in the last decade of life – whether in northern Mexico, Calais in France, Lampedusa in Italy, or Libya – there is no such thing as benign neglect. of the law at the border.
We saw it not only in the enormities committed by human smugglers, but in the desperation of children at borders when the last Democratic administration practically urged parents to send their children.
Legal gray areas and / or looking the other way lead to disorder and even unnecessary death. This form of invited but unofficial immigration increases the possibility for smugglers to prey on the desperation of the poor, exploiting them for exorbitant fees, for sex or to help them smuggle drugs.
It also expands the scope and possibilities of crime in the United States. A 2012 poll found that 28% of US-born Latinos agree with the following statement: “I’m less likely to contact the police if I’ve been the victim of a crime, for fear that they don’t ask me or anyone else I know about our immigration status. . “
It is quite natural to feel, but it is not a problem that can be solved by continuing to relax the application of our laws. It is the lack of enforcement that has created a situation in which nearly a third of US-born Latinos are so socially integrated with those without legal status that they are less likely to appeal. to law enforcement officials.
The reluctance of the Biden administration to enforce our immigration laws at the border is now such an accepted fact that human trafficking operations are escalating.
The mayor of Del Rio, Bruno Lozano, told the Washington Post that many migrants arrive on what appears to be a fleet of buses acquired for the transfer of people to the United States. It is a fleet that can move thousands of people in a week, but which is unknown to transport authorities in Mexico.
There is a real humanitarian impulse which informs the progressives in their will to let in the migrants and to allow them to make their way. But in the real world, American citizenship is a repository of promises, rights, and duties that make life in America not only possible, but more secure and tolerable.
Progressives who ignore this fact in the hope that it would relieve them of the moral burden of law enforcement at our borders expose thousands of people to danger, exploitation and misery. It is not benign neglect, just neglect.
Adapted from the Revue nationale.