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Mass Migration Will Impact Every School District and Health Care System in US: Former Security Official

Todd Bensman is an award-winning field journalist and a national security fellow with the Center for Immigration Studies. He’s the author of “America’s Covert Border War” and the forthcoming book, “Overrun: How Joe Biden Unleashed the Greatest Border Crisis in U.S. History.”

During the first half of President Joe Biden’s administration, it’s been primarily border states that have felt the burden of the over 3 million illegal border crossers who have entered the United States. But by the end of his four-year term, the whole country will feel the impact of these open-border policies, said Bensman, with millions more illegal aliens overwhelming state infrastructures.

“This is an impact that will transform America,” Bensman said during a Dec. 3 interview with EpochTV’s “American Thought Leaders” program. “The mass migration crisis is going to be felt eventually by everybody in the country, their school districts, their health systems and tax rates and everything.”

Liberty County, Texas, is an example of ground zero for the immigration crisis, said Bensman. Liberty County is one of 17 Texas counties to declare an invasion at the southern border, and in his soon-to-be-released book, Bensman details the impact this influx of illegal aliens is having on the county’s infrastructure.

Liberty County has been overwhelmed with 50,000 to 75,000 illegal alien families that have “absolutely swamped the school district and caused an irrevocable change throughout this little rural Texas county,” said Bensman, and this will bleed into most other U.S. towns and cities.

“We are in the midst of the greatest border crisis in U.S. history, by every metric,” said Bensman.

Most Americans don’t realize the full extent of the illegal immigration problem because mainstream media has spotty and partisan coverage of what is happening at the southern border, he said.

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Border Patrol agents apprehend a large group of illegal immigrants near Eagle Pass, Texas, on May 20, 2022. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

Open Border

Even with Title 42 in place, the Biden administration let in 40 percent of illegal border crossers in its first year, 70 percent in the second year, and when Title 42 ends, 100 percent will be admitted into the country, said Bensman.

As soon as Biden took office, his administration began to challenge the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Title 42 health rule, which required U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to turn away many migrants because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but now that Title 42 has been halted, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said his department is preparing for a surge of migrants by adding more border patrol agents and streamlining the system to be able to process migrants faster.

Mayorkas is preparing for a “tidal wave” of millions of more illegal aliens in the next two years, said Bensman.

When a D.C. court struck down Title 42 in November, DHS announced the rule would remain in place for a few weeks “to prepare for an orderly transition to new policies at the border.”

“We have put in place a comprehensive, whole-of-government strategy to manage any potential increase in the number of migrants encountered at our border. We are increasing our capacity to process new arrivals, evaluate asylum requests, and quickly remove those who do not qualify for protection,” Mayorkas said in a separate press statement.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, whose state shares over 1,200 miles of border with Mexico, believes that the Biden administration does not want to restrict entry to the United States and that Biden’s policies show the administration wants an open border.

Biden and his administration “truly support open border policies,” Abbott said during a May interview with radio show host Joe “Pags” Pagliarulo.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a press conference about the border situation while other governors look on in Mission, Texas, on Oct. 6, 2021. (Marina Fatina/NTD)

Abuse of Asylum Laws

Immigration Advocates are celebrating the end of Title 42 because they say they want more humane treatment for those who are seeking asylum from persecution, but Bensman says his investigations show migrants are largely coming for economic opportunities.

ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt, the lead lawyer in the Title 42 challenge, said in a statement that it was “a huge victory and one that literally has life-and-death stakes. We have said all along that using Title 42 against asylum seekers was inhumane and driven purely by politics. Hopefully, this ruling will end this horrific policy once and for all.”

American lawyers and nongovernmental organizations are at the border enabling illegal aliens to abuse the asylum laws by instructing them on what to say when they speak to border security, said Bensman.

“People who are crossing the border in this crisis understand—and the people that want them to cross understand—the vitality, the crucial function that asylum plays in enabling this mass migration. You just have to say ‘I want asylum,’ and you’re in,” said Bensman.

Bensman argues that the current asylum system needs to be suspended and overhauled to close any loopholes that are being abused.

In the course of his covering the U.S. southern border and asylum laws, Bensman has found that a large percentage of migrants do not meet the criteria for asylum because they are not being persecuted in their home countries. Rather, they want to work in the United States.

“The asylum law was put in place for people who are fleeing North Korean gulags or Jews fleeing a Nazi situation,” said Bensman. “Nobody wants to live in some of these war-torn countries, but if you are crossing 10 other perfectly safe countries first, to get here, your argument that you’re coming for asylum is deeply undermined.”

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Illegal immigrants cross the Rio Grande between Del Rio (far side) and Acuña, Mexico. Some are crossing back to Mexico to avoid deportation from the United States, in Acuña, Mexico, on Sept. 20, 2021. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)
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Thousands of illegal immigrants, mostly Haitians, live in a primitive, makeshift camp under the international bridge that spans the Rio Grande between the United States and Mexico while waiting to be detained and processed by Border Patrol in Del Rio, Texas, on Sept. 21, 2021. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

The Haitian Example

Bensman cites the fact that the vast majority of Haitians who crossed the border into the United States in 2022 had already claimed asylum in Brazil and Chile, where they were secure. Before turning themselves in to CBP, they threw away their IDs so they could claim asylum in the United States.

“Those governments gave Haitians full residency, full work authorization, and there actually was work. They were making money,” said Bensman.

There is proof of this in the number of ID cards that are discarded at the border, and by many of the Haitians’ own accounts that Bensman heard.

The Del Rio Bridge incident—when 15,000 Haitians showed up at the same time and camped under the bridge—was a problem for the Biden administration because it was right before the midterm elections. To solve this politically sensitive issue, the Biden administration arranged for them to be airlifted back to Haiti.

“The worst nightmare for those particular Haitians was to be returned to Haiti,” said Bensman. In order to create the conditions where Haiti would accept the migrants’ return, the Biden administration “installed” Dr. Ariel Henry as Haiti’s leader “because he agreed to take the Haitians from that camp,” Bensman said.

“When the first ones hit the tarmac, the cell phone selfies got going, and those Haitians fled by the thousands south, back into Mexico, to escape even the possibility of ending up back in Haiti.”

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Demonstrators march through downtown Chicago calling for the abolition of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Aug. 16, 2018. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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A tent with “Abolish ICE” painted on the side is seen in the migrant camp at Benito Juarez sports complex in Tijuana, Mexico, on Nov. 26, 2018. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

A New Theology

In the last 50 years, an ideology has taken root in the progressive wing of the United States, said Bensman, which does not believe in borders or national sovereignty, and to which the Biden administration adheres.

It’s an ideology “that holds that traditional, national borders are an anachronism, that they are obsolete. It’s an ideology, and it’s so profound now that it’s almost like a religion,” he said.

This ideology has never been a part of the mainstream Democrat party but rather has been a fringe minority that wants to abolish immigration laws, detentions, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), said Bensman. This faction of the left became more energized after Trump was elected, and after Bernie Sanders lost the Democrat primary for the second time, he endorsed Biden, enabling his faction to influence policies.

“The liberal progressives gained control of the immigration and the border portfolio. Those people come from an immigrant advocacy industrial complex,” said Bensman, adding that DHS is part of the complex.

“Alejandro Mayorkas … is a new theologian. This is his religion. He comes from that segment of the coalition,” said Bensman. Mayorkas has “parroted” the fringe left’s demands and has repeatedly stated that the administration is creating “legal pathways” for immigrants, Bensman said.

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Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas prepares to testify before the House Homeland Security Committee on Capitol Hill on Nov. 15, 2022. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Secret Deals

Bensman said the Biden administration has cut secret deals with south American countries that are en route to the United States to make it easier and faster for migrants to get to the southern border.

The Epoch Times reached out to Mayorkas’s office for comment.

The Biden administration has also made agreements with the Mexican government that will “provide legal permission to cross at a port of entry,” in coordination with the American government, Bensman said. “And once they do that, they are then given permission to work and to go anywhere in the country that they want until one day, they might apply for asylum,” said Bensman.

Irrespective of the fact that most Americans don’t understand how and why the U.S. immigration system works the way it does, it is still affecting their lives, said Bensman.

“I’m hoping that the book, my last chapter, will open some eyes as well, as to what this really looks like, this kind of transformational impact from this crisis.”

Jan Jekielek


Jan Jekielek is a senior editor with The Epoch Times and host of the show, “American Thought Leaders.” Jan’s career has spanned academia, media, and international human rights work. In 2009 he joined The Epoch Times full time and has served in a variety of roles, including as website chief editor. He is the producer of the award-winning Holocaust documentary film “Finding Manny.”

Masooma Haq


Masooma Haq began reporting for The Epoch Times from Pakistan in 2008. She currently covers a variety of topics including U.S. government, culture, and entertainment.

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