Don’t believe the soft soap from national Democrats: The border crisis is nowhere near over, and the numbers prove it.
President Joe Biden, author of the disaster, mumbled recently to the press that the border was “much better than you all expected.”
Two dishonest House Dems staged a trip to El Paso for the sole purpose of peddling the lie that things have gotten better there than they were even under Donald Trump.
Illegal migrants are flooding into this country by the thousands.
Around 1.43 million migrants that we know about have been apprehended here since the start of October, closing in on the Customs and Border Protection fiscal year record of 2.4 million.
That doesn’t include more than half a million “gotaways,” migrants seen but not stopped by CBP. And it fails to account for the unknown thousands who have avoided detection completely.
More: Under Biden, an average of about 6,300 people per day were attempting illegal border crossings through May 11, when officials stopped using Title 42 to turn away migrants at the border.
Under Trump that figure was 1,800.
Even if “official numbers” have fallen somewhat since May 11, counting all the illegal migrants now deemed, essentially, as legal, the numbers remain extremely high by historical standards.
Indeed, the figure would have to go down massively to even approach Trump’s average.
So don’t buy the line that things have calmed down at the border. The numbers are still intolerably high, and fly in the face of what Congress has authorized.
And this all is by design: It has been Biden policy, literally from Day 1, to strip away as many brakes on migrant inflows as possible.
Team Biden efforts at “enforcement” always turn out to be ways of managing — and encouraging! — illegal inflows, never stopping them.
That’s why Biden’s move restricting migrants from certain countries was actually a head-fake creating an easier pathway for those very same migrants to enter.
It’s why the government set up an app, CBP One, for would-be illegal migrants to schedule their illegal entry — and, insanely, a loophole for those claiming “technical problems” that allows an end-run around even this mild requirement.
When you decode the administration’s rhetoric around “expanded legal pathways” for immigration, it’s plain Biden simply means: Legalize all of it, forever.
And who cares if Congress refuses to bless such a move?
This has created what Biden’s Democratic-primary challenger Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has called a “humanitarian deathtrap” at the border, a bonanza for cartels and human traffickers coupled with untold suffering on the part of the migrants lured here by Biden’s policies.
It’s also still crushing border cities and towns, straining their human-services capacities to the maximum.
The border disaster has gotten so bad, in fact, it’s becoming an insupportable burden on New York City, thousands of miles away from the physical border.
“We have reached a point where the system is buckling,” noted Deputy Mayor Anne Williams Isom on Wednesday.
She’s right: The cost of the almost 46,000 migrants New York is sheltering (and feeding, clothing, doctoring and educating) will hit $1.4 billion by the end of this month and rise to $4.3 billion over the coming years.
Despite being the creators of this problem, the feds are giving Gotham almost nothing in aid.
The city is desperately seeking new spaces to house the migrants Biden brought here, scouting 750 possible sites for the ever-increasing number of new arrivals.
No wonder Mayor Eric Adams has finally started to publicly break with Biden over the crisis.
Alas, it won’t end until there are new policies coming out of the White House, presumably under a new president.