In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Republicans on the House Oversight Committee warned Thursday that the Biden administration is inviting a public health catastrophe with his approach to illegal immigration. The Republicans, who include Ranking Member James Comer and 18 other Oversight Committee members, urged Mayorkas to reconsider policies that seem tailor-made to cause a COVID disaster at the border.
“The Biden administration’s policies limiting immigration enforcement and weakening border security, coupled with its proposal to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants, are signaling to the world that our immigration laws can be violated with little, if any, consequence,” the Republicans wrote. “We are particularly concerned that the Biden administration’s actions could soon lead to a health crisis at the border, and surrounding communities, causing widespread COVID-19 infections and fatalities.”
Among other initiatives, President Biden has put a halt to all border wall construction, pushed for the end of the “Remain in Mexico” protocols that proved so valuable in keeping asylum-seekers from overrunning American detention camps, and revoked a Trump-era order ending catch-and-release. The Republican House members say that with these policies in place, the U.S. will have virtually no control over who enters the country or where they go once they’ve crossed the border.
“In addition to his reckless policies and executive actions, President Biden’s rhetoric relating to amnesty for millions of illegal aliens and gutting interior enforcement priorities is leading to a perfect storm on the southwest border,” the lawmakers wrote. “Without a radically different approach, a health, security, and humanitarian crisis is inevitable.”
The return of catch-and-release is particularly disastrous. Already, Customs and Border Protection is being forced to release aliens into the U.S. because, they say, there has been a surge in the number of families coming from Central America. In the past, the U.S. has done a terrible job in tracking these illegal immigrants, leaving them to “disappear into the shadows,” never to be heard from again. Until, of course, the time comes when some Democrat – be it Biden or a future successor – dreams up a new amnesty plan.
And then we get to do it all over again.
“The increase in illegal immigration at the southern border presents a risk not only to Border Patrol agents apprehending migrants who illegally cross the border, but also to those communities into which those individuals will relocate — likely leading to widespread COVID-19 infection and fatalities,” wrote the Republicans.
Yes, but Democrats don’t want to hear any of that. If predominately white churches are spreading the disease, they’ll be all over it in a heartbeat. But if the spread is coming from illegal immigrants or released criminals or BLM protests? Oh well…nothing we can do!
The double-standard would be shocking if it weren’t so damn predictable.