Over the past several days, President Biden has threatened a return to lockdowns and government-mandated restrictions for American citizens. While he hints at restricting Americans’ freedoms under the guise of “science,” he has turned a blind eye to the mass illegal immigration that has occurred under his watch and his administration avoids talking about and hopes that nobody will notice their incompetence.
Since February of this year, border agents and officers have made more than one million arrests of illegal migrants attempting to cross into our country. That is equivalent to the population of San Jose, California – the 10th largest city in the United States – and more than the population of his home state of Delaware. Month after month, the United States breaks the previous record of individuals apprehended at the border attempting to illegally enter our country. This is problematic at any time, and it is especially reckless as we continue to work to contain a pandemic.
The mayor of McAllen, Javier Villalobos, says his city is at a “breaking point.” He said the city’s Covid-positivity rate used to be around 4 to 5 percent, and now it has nearly quadrupled. Mayor Villalobos placed the blame squarely on the shoulders of the Biden administration: “You know with the stroke of a pen this can be taken care of… Seven, eight, nine months ago it was totally different, it was under control. I wish things could go back to the way they were.”
A recent Department of Homeland Security report further confirmed the high rate of Covid-positive migrants that are being apprehended by Border Patrol authorities. It was reported that nearly 1 in 5 migrant families leaving CBP custody are testing positive for Covid. This is putting the health of our own agents and citizens at risk, and straining resources of an already over-extended organization.
Despite the months of red flags, the Biden administration has done nothing to rein in the chaos at the border. Over the weekend, even the Washington Post Editorial Board called out President Biden’s lack of a “coherent strategy” in dealing with the border crisis. But instead of developing an actual plan to stop the mass illegal immigration and prevent Covid cases from crossing into our country, the White House has weaponized Covid concerns to go after political opponents.
It’s time for President Biden to stop searching for excuses. This doesn’t happen “every single solitary year,” as he once claimed. We are dealing with the direct results of the failed policies of his own administration. Enough with denying the facts of the situation on the ground – Americans need solutions that will stop the lawlessness and restore security to our southern border.