It’s certainly politically expedient for politicians to pounce on one specific error with their opponent’s policies to gain position in an upcoming election. And, currently, the U.S. political “atmosphere” is immersed in a multitude of such political opportunities — especially for Republicans. We have the Afghanistan aftermath that worsens daily now that there are numerous Americans still hiding in Afghanistan in fear for their lives. Additionally, the “Bidenflation” roars ever upward daily because of the egregious financial policies of this president. Add to that the increasing numbers of companies either closing or forced partial operations because of Biden’s federal unemployment benefits, incentivizing employees staying at home. Two of the most massive spending initiatives in U.S. history still dominate discussions surrounding Congress.
Then are the two items that each alone could destroy the nation. But in union with each other, this president finds himself on a fishing boat trying to find a way back to the harbor to escape the “Perfect Storm” — a storm of his own making.
COVID-19 With Open Borders
Eight months into the Biden administration, the president’s border crisis has become far more than a national-security, humanitarian, and constitutional crisis. It represents one of the most substantial public-health crises facing the United States as we struggle to recover from the pandemic. Driven by politics and ideological animus, the administration remains committed to a nonsensical, inconsistent, and anti-science open-borders agenda that not only encourages record levels of illegal immigration but also needlessly jeopardizes the lives of American citizens.
Earlier this year, NBC reported that the Biden administration was releasing illegal aliens who later tested positive for COVID-19. Then, Fox News reported that more than 7,000 COVID-positive illegal aliens had been released into McAllen, Texas, from February to August 1, including more than 1,500 in just one week, causing cities such as McAllen and Laredo to declare a state of emergency.
And it gets worse daily!
In short, the administration is knowingly seeding border towns and cities with individuals who are actively carrying and transmitting the virus — people who have defied our laws and broken into our country while ignoring almost all basic guidance concerning COVID-19.
They travel through COVID hotspots, often jammed into overcrowded stash houses for days or even weeks with no medical attention or adequate PPE, recklessly endangering the health of our citizens, law-enforcement personnel, and the migrants themselves. Thirty-two Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel have died in the line of duty from COVID — nine of them from the Border Patrol. Since the pandemic began, thousands of CBP personnel have been quarantined, degrading CBP’s ability to operate. In contrast, many others have been placed in intensive care at local hospitals, fighting for their lives.
But the Biden administration hasn’t let data, public health, or countless COVID-related deaths slow down its “America-last” agenda. On the contrary, it continues to openly contradict and undermine the CDC’s guidance under Title 42, which clearly states that the current surge of illegal aliens “migrating through Canada and Mexico into the United States creates danger of introducing COVID-19 into the United States.
Under the Trump administration, immigration officials implemented the CDC’s order with the purpose and understanding that it would save countless American lives. There were no “carve-outs” to please any political faction. CBP puts the health and safety of Americans first. President Biden, however, has refused from his first day in office to apply Title 42 to unaccompanied children (UACs) infected with COVID, although the overwhelming majority of UACs are 15 to 17 years of age and can carry the virus. The result has been more than 100,000 apprehensions of UACs in the first six months of 2021 — the highest total in American history. Most of them have subsequently been released into the U.S.
Under the direction of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, a 17-year-old from anywhere in the world who illegally crosses our southwest border will be released and transported to any city in the U.S. where they can find a “sponsor,” regardless of their COVID status.
Yet while the country is navigating new COVID variants and rising infections while praying for another “lull,” the Biden administration continues to play a dangerous political game with American lives. As the Rio Grande Valley area reported a 900 percent increase in COVID cases, the administration continues releasing, on average, 80 percent of the families illegally entering the U.S. This fiscal year, Mayorkas has directed the release of more than 200,000 family members into local communities without testing for COVID, forcing those communities to take on the responsibility. McAllen and local NGOs were forced to establish temporary shelters to address the massive flood of illegal aliens into their communities. McAllen’s mayor declared the city overwhelmed and overcapacity. The COVID-positive rate among the illegal aliens released into McAllen is 15 percent. Secretary Mayorkis on Thursday put the number of immigrants with COVID and other diseases at 20 percent. Yet, the release of illegals to towns and cities across the southern border continues. But, the distribution of COVID to the nation received added fuel with the recent flood of Haitian immigrants at the border who have joined their fellow Central American immigrants in DHS “distribution” to towns and cities in all parts of the nation.
We saw the thousands of illegal aliens detained living under that bridge in Del Rio, Texas, in unsanitary, overcrowded conditions, because CBP lacked the capacity to hold them anywhere else. This example is just one of the intense “super-spreader” events we know are happening across the entire southern border. Other pictures from inside CBP facilities show illegal aliens crammed into small areas like sardines, creating what amounts to an active COVID petri dish.
But, remember, the consequences of Biden’s border crisis are not limited to border towns or facilities. Illegal aliens are daily being resettled into neighborhoods across the country at U.S. taxpayer expense. A chilling line from the NBC report, quoting an illegal alien who tested positive upon release by CBP, demonstrates the national scope of this troubling reality: “‘Right now we were tested for COVID, and they separated about eight of us because we were positive. We are waiting right now.’ She was waiting to catch a bus to Houston.”
After dismantling the effective policies implemented under the Trump administration — which created the most secure border in our lifetime — the Biden administration has opened our borders to illegal aliens carrying the most destructive virus in a century.
The Biden administration is actively importing COVID cases into the United States while pushing new mask and vaccine mandates that are already forcing massive job layoffs, terminations, and volunteers quitting because of vaccine hesitance.
This certainly flies in the face of the president’s constant calls to “follow the science.” Since the 2020 campaign, Americans have been told that Joe Biden respects “science and the scientists.” “We should listen to the scientists, not to the president,” he gravely intoned in a CNN town hall on September 17, 2020. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki tweeted, “Tell the truth, follow the science, work together.” Visitors to the White House website will find a memorandum on “Restoring Trust in Government Through Scientific Integrity and Evidence-Based Policymaking.” It sounds like the president literally didn’t get the memo.
Ellen Carmichael, who penned a passionate and eloquent takedown of the Biden administration’s unscientific travel ban last month for National Review, points out the inconsistency of the policy: “To reenter the U.S., American citizens and legal residents only need to show an airline representative a current negative COVID-19 test. Apparently, the Biden administration believes an identical test administered to a European yields a false result.”
But it gets worse: Starting in early November, the U.S. will require foreign air passengers entering the country to be fully vaccinated. The problem is, the U.S. has yet to approve mixing COVID-19 vaccines.
Absurdity has reached new heights. The Biden administration’s position is that travelers from the U.K. and the EU, many of whom have been vaccinated or come from nations with reasonable health-care infrastructure, may not come to the U.S., even if they test negative for COVID. The administration has also kept our borders with Mexico, and Canada closed for “non-essential” cross-border traffic, an issue adversely affecting border communities and prompting bipartisan action from officials such as Representative Henry Cuellar (D., Texas).
Their outrage comes from the inconsistent, seemingly illogical application of restrictions against the backdrop of these open-border policies. A fully vaccinated Mexican citizen coming to a legal point of entry is forbidden to enter, but an illegal alien family with COVID is rapidly released into the U.S. The administration will fly illegal aliens across the country on commercial airlines, even if their health status is unclear.
According to the Reuters COVID-19 Tracker, COVID cases are spiking across Central and South America, the region driving the mass increase in illegal immigration. In Honduras, infections are at 99 percent of peak rate, with not even 10 percent of Hondurans vaccinated. Cases in Guatemala are around 72 percent of the peak rate, with even fewer individuals vaccinated than in Honduras (about 7.2 percent). Only about 3 percent of Nicaragua’s population has received a vaccine.
Meanwhile, cases in the U.K. are falling, and more than 64 percent of the population is vaccinated. Cases are also falling in countries such as the Netherlands, Portugal, and the Czech Republic. Even in European nations where cases are rising, either the rate is low (Germany, 9 percent of peak rate; Poland, less than 1 percent of peak rate) or at least half the population is vaccinated. And, this past week, Sweden and Norway joined forces to remove government-mandated COVID restrictions: TOTALLY!
The Biden administration has sparked an unprecedented crisis on our southern border. It has undone the effective policies of the previous administration that created the most secure border in American history. Not only do the massive numbers of illegal aliens being apprehended at the border every month overwhelm our Border Patrol, but many are subsequently released into the interior because CBP does not have the capacity to detain, process, and deport them.
While President Biden obviously intends to ratchet up COVID restrictions even further on American citizens and American businesses, it is apparent he plans to continue allowing the mass distribution of illegal immigrants to towns and cities all across America with NO consideration or communication with local and state government officials before transporting these illegals to their locations! And this is happening without COVID testing of any illegals before transporting them away from the border.
Americans are sick of all this, but especially ill because of the healthcare hypocrisy in the Biden Administration that puts every American’s life in danger. Hundreds of thousands of illegals have been spread across the nation since January 20. And that has happened with NO knowledge of the health status of these immigrants and with NO notice to on-site authorities before their release.
Many Americans are convinced Joe Biden prefers “citizens of the World” over “citizens of the United States.” His actions certainly confirm that. And has authorities from Central America informed U.S. Border Patrol, a convoy of 80,000 immigrants are headed to our southern border in one big clump!
Ah…their arrival here will be the eye of Joe Biden’s “Perfect Storm.”