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Biden Says He 'Inherited One God-Awful Mess at the Border'
Elizabeth Vaughn 5/3/2021 8:01 AM
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During a Friday interview on NBC News' "Today Show" with co-host Craig Melvin, President Joe Biden said his administration "inherited one God-awful mess at the border." He blames it on “the failure to have a real transition — cooperation from the last administration, like every other administration has done.” I think even most Democrats realize the stunning dishonesty of these remarks.
“The two departments that didn’t give us access to virtually anything [during the transition] were the immigration and the Defense Department," Biden told Melvin. "So we didn't find out they had fired a whole lot of people, that they were understaffed considerably."
Melvin pointed out that in April, 170,000 people had been apprehended at the border and that 22,000 unaccompanied minors are currently in the U.S. "That's a record. That sounds to most folks like a crisis."
"Well look, it's way down now. We've now gotten control," declared Biden. "For example, they didn't plan for - it comes every year - this flow ... they didn't have the beds that were available. They didn't plan for the overflow. They didn't plan for the Department of Health and Human Services to have places to take the kids ..."
Not even Melvin appeared to be buying it.
Here's the reason why tens of thousands of illegal immigrants have flocked to our southern border, Mr. President. You invited them. In fact, this was a central issue in your campaign. Your formal invitation can be found on your campaign website and it's called "The Biden Plan for Securing our Values as a Nation of Immigrants."
One of the Biden Administration's first moves was to end former President Donald Trump's "remain in Mexico" policy and to resurrect the Obama era policy of "catch and release." Knowing that asylum seekers would be released into the U.S. after they'd been processed at the border to await their court dates was akin to putting up a large flashing neon invitation. "Come on over!"
No matter how hard the President tries to spin it, Americans know that Trump had this situation under control by the end of his term. All Biden had to do was maintain those policies.
Over the last several days, three Democratic senators have criticized Biden over the border crisis.
Following Biden's State of the Union address, Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly said, "While I share President Biden's urgency in fixing our broken immigration system, what I didn't hear tonight was a plan to address the immediate crisis at the border, and I will continue holding this administration accountable to deliver the resources and staffing necessary for a humane, orderly process as we work to improve border security, support local economies, and fix our immigration system."
In a statement to Fox News, Kelly's colleague from Arizona, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's office wrote, "Sen. Sinema has been clear that she – along with Sen. Kelly – wants to see more action from the administration to address the border crisis and support Arizona border communities. She's spoken directly with administration officials on this."
Even Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii was forced to admit that Vice President Kamala Harris, whom Biden has tasked with leading the White House response to the "migration challenge," needs to do more.
During an interview on PBS News' "Firing Line," host Margaret Hoover asked Hirono (whom she said was a "trailblazing lawmaker"), if she would urge Harris to visit the border.
"Of course," Hirono replied.
Hoover asked why Harris hasn't done so yet.
"I don’t know. Maybe — We have a few other things to deal with, like the pandemic and everything else, so I’m not going to point fingers at her in the sense of — I hope that she will go down to the border," answered Hirono. "I hope that we can have a comprehensive, ‘whole of government’ approach to what we need to do to have a humane immigration system."
"According to an ABC News poll, the majority of Americans actually disapprove of President Biden’s handling of the border," noted Hoover. "Senator, why is it so difficult for some to call the situation at the border a crisis?"
"I think the President calls it a crisis. I would call it a crisis. We can call it a challenge. But we know what the factors are. We know what is happening. So whatever you call it, we’re going to need to deal with it. We’re going to need to address it in a humane way."
So why will no one in the Biden Administration take action to end the border crisis? Conservative commentator Candace Owens provided the best answer I've ever heard during a March appearance on Fox News' "Life, Liberty and Levin." I posted about this interview here.
Owens begins with an explanation of how the Democratic Party, which claims to help blacks through all of their social programs, has actually suppressed them. While it may appear on the surface that Democrats have supported blacks by providing for them financially and rhetorically, their “largesse” has actually been a mechanism designed to hold them back, preventing them from taking the reins and succeeding, from breaking out of the cycle of poverty. Most blacks see only that Democrats are more generous than Republicans and have loyally supported them at the polls for decades. Many of us have known this for a long time.
Owens larger point, however, is that the black population has not grown fast enough for the Democrats. So, they are now “importing” a new class of voters. Democrats will ensure these people receive health care and that they are housed, fed and even educated. The party will see to it that the illegals now flooding into the U.S. from Central and South America in record numbers will become completely dependent on them for their survival.
Just as the majority of blacks continue to vote Democratic, so too will the Hispanics. The cycle of poverty will repeat itself.
“Everyone keeps calling this a border crisis Mark. This isn’t a border crisis, this is a border plan,” Owens tells Levin.
“They are trying to import a new class of voters. They are trying to say to the Mexican-Americans, to the South-Americans … ‘we will help you, we’ll give you free stuff like we gave black Americans free stuff after Jim Crow ended. We’re gonna welfare-ize you. We’re gonna give you handouts, we’re gonna marry you to the government like we married black Americans to the government.’ It’s pure evil.”
So, in response to Biden's feeble attempt to blame the Trump Administration for the border crisis: Everyone knows the Biden Administration caused the border crisis. The policy changes were made to encourage large numbers of illegals to enter the U.S. All of this was intentional. And everything seems to be going according to plan.
Elizabeth Vaughn is the founder and editor of The American Crisis. She is a current contributor to Newsmax and The Western Journal and a previous contributor to RedState, The Dan Bongino Show, and The Federalist. Her articles have also appeared on HotAir, Instapundit, RealClearPolitics, MSN, Newsmax, Ricochet and Twitchy. Prior to blogging, Elizabeth was a financial consultant at Merrill Lynch and an independent equity trader. She is a wife, a mom to three grown children and several beloved golden retrievers, and a grandmother.
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