How Trump Created The 'Border Crisis' — And How Biden Can Fix It

  

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Via:  john-russell  •  3 weeks ago  •  39 comments

By:   National Memo

How Trump Created The 'Border Crisis' — And How Biden Can Fix It
In 2014, the Obama administration was faced with a surge in unaccompanied minors from Central America showing up at our border and seeking asylum. In an effort to reduce the number of kids trekking across Mexico, it created a program to let them apply for asylum in their home countries.

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In 2014, the Obama administration was faced with a surge in unaccompanied minors from Central America showing up at our border and seeking asylum. In an effort to reduce the number of kids trekking across Mexico, it created a program to let them apply for asylum in their home countries. Some 13,000 did, helping to ease the rush.

You can guess what happened next. Donald Trump became president and acted on his twin beliefs: anything that Barack Obama did was bad, and anything that helped foreigners was worse. He killed the program, and soon the number of Central American kids crossing over began to grow. By the spring of 2019, his administration was faced with its very own crisis at the border.

His Department of Homeland Security responded with harsh measures — separating children from parents in large numbers, expelling children from Central America into Mexico and forcing asylum seekers to remain for months in Mexico in squalid camps.

Today, we see another tide of Central Americans coming north, and Republicans blame President Joe Biden for enticing them. They refer to it as "Biden's border crisis," as though it suddenly exploded on January 20.

In fact, it emerged when the White House was just a gleam in Biden's eye. The increase began last spring and built steadily over the remainder of Trump's presidency. From May to October, the number of "southwest land border encounters" recorded by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol nearly tripled. In truth, it was dire conditions in their home countries that drove the migrants.

Republicans claim they were emboldened by Biden's plan to stop work on Trump's border wall — the one Mexico was supposed to pay for. That theory is implausible, because Trump added only 47 miles of barriers in places that didn't have them before.

"Only a few miles were built in South Texas, the area most prone to illegal crossings," The New York Times recently reported. "Instead, much of the construction, especially in the Trump administration's closing days, has taken place in remote parts of Arizona where crossings in recent years have been relatively uncommon."

If Biden deserves any responsibility for the recent surge, it's not because of what he did wrong but because of what he did right. Trump's fondness for systematic cruelty may have discouraged some Central Americans. But the cruelty was impossible to justify, even for an ostensibly good purpose.

Under Trump's zero tolerance policy, thousands of children were taken from their parents when the families crossed the border to exercise their right to seek political asylum. Most of the parents were sent back to their home countries. Some of the kids spent weeks sleeping on the floor in chain-link cages. Last fall, we learned the horrifying truth that the Trump administration had lost track of the parents of 545 children, making it impossible to reunite the families.

The brutality was a design feature. Trump's White House Chief of Staff John Kelly boasted that "a big name of the game is deterrence." But sometimes deterrence asks too much.

There are alternative remedies, such as letting more foreigners in through authorized channels. But Trump was against immigration of any sort. His administration virtually eliminated admissions for refugees, and last year, it slashed the number of green cards for legal permanent residents.

Today, the worldwide backlog of applications for green cards is at five million. Many recipients have to wait ten years or more to be admitted. Cato Institute analysts David Bier and Alex Nowrasteh reach this startling conclusion: "At no time in American history has immigration been as legally restricted as it is currently."

For the moment, the Biden administration has the task of coping with the border crisis while dismantling the inhumane practices of its predecessor. In the longer term, it could relieve pressure on the border by increasing refugee admissions and allotting more slots to the Central American countries that have produced so many migrants.

It could create a program for guest workers from Mexico and Central America, as proposed by Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Biden has already moved to restore the Central American Minors Program to provide "a safe, legal, and orderly alternative to the risks incurred in the attempt to migrate to the United States irregularly."

Giving people an avenue to come here legally in order to keep them from coming illegally? A crazy idea, but it just might work.

Steve Chapman is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune.


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JohnRussell
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1  seeder  JohnRussell    3 weeks ago

Why Is The Washington Post Hyping The GOP's ‘Border Crisis’?

Reprinted with permission from   Press Run

Eagerly joining forces with partisan Republicans, the   Washington Post   over the weekend uncorked a   doomsday write-up   about the surge of young migrants currently overwhelming U.S. facilities along the Southern Border. Laying all of the blame for the three-decade problem directly at the feet of the new, two-month-old Democratic administration, the   Post   article echoed every conceivable GOP talking point.

What the piece failed to do was include crucial context for a complicated policy puzzle, and to delve deeply into whether Trump spent four years deliberately creating a border crisis that Biden is now trying to fix.

The   Post   also included no context for how Biden's brand new administration has been addressing border crossings while at the same time dealing with the aftermath of a deadly insurrection, an impeachment trial, and passing the largest social spending bill in U.S. history. All in less than 60 days.

The   Post   is hardly alone in   manically hyping   the border story, at the behest of the GOP. In a highly unusual move, ABC   This Week   staged   its entire Sunday program   from the border, in order to focus on the "emerging crisis for the Biden administration."

On Saturday night,   Post   reporters fanned out on Twitter to tout their breathless story, which Republicans   quickly seized   upon. "'No end in sight: Inside the Biden administration's failure to contain the border surge,"   posted   Josh Dawsey of the   Post . Even more frantic was the tweet from colleague   Nick Miroff: "How the Biden admin's poor planning, botched messaging, rush to repudiate Trump and a broken asylum system unleashed the biggest border surge in 20 years, with "no end in sight""

Fact: This is not currently the "biggest border surge in 20 years."   It's not even close .

The   Post   article, as Julian Castro advisor Sawyer Hackett   noted , was "pure hot garbage, beginning to end." He added, "Where the fuck was the outrage when Trump deported 13K children last year?"

Designed to portray the White House as poised on the brink of a defining and perhaps fatal failure, the   Post   article was drenched in politics instead of policy — "Republicans are reveling in the administration's border problems." The piece stressed the issue of immigration could be a loser for Democrats — it could cost them the House in 2022! — and even "overshadow" the administration's success in vaccinating tens of millions of Americans in recent weeks, and passing the wildly popular $1.9 trillion relief package. All of that could be forgotten, the   Post   stressed, because more people are trying to cross the U.S. border. That's an absurd premise that only adds up if you're trying tell this story from a Republican perspective.

Among the article's more egregious failures was its refusal to mention that the surge in unaccompanied minors at the border began during Trump's last year in office, as well as a surge in adults seeking asylum, the Trump team's   refusal to cooperate   with the Biden White House transition, and the Republicans'   deliberate delay   in confirming key cabinet members who most closely work on border issues.

Additionally, the article quoted former Department of Homeland Security secretary Chad Wolf attacking the Biden administration. Wolf was a key member of Trump's anti-immigrant border team who worked overtime creating deliberately ineffective, chaotic, and cruel policies, which Democrats are now trying to fix. But Wolf gets to spout off in the   Post   about how Biden has created a crisis?

Is Biden alone responsible for the current surge? Not according to the   Washington Post's   own reporting   just four months ago: "Attempted crossings have risen as migrants fled the aftermath of powerful hurricanes in Central America and as crime, hunger and political instability continued to ravage numerous countries in Latin America." That's now all been flushed down the memory hole, as the   Post   amplifies GOP attacks and targets Biden, and Biden alone for the surge.

Also disturbing was the premise from the   Post   piece, which echoed a Republican talking point: 'There are too many undocumented people crossing the border and in U.S. custody!' Left out of that simplistic and alarmist narrative is the fact that they're in U.S. custody because this Democratic administration has adopted a humane policy of not sending children back to often unlivable conditions. Basically, the   Post   penalizes Biden for trying to fix Trump's deliberate mess, by wildly hyping the change in border numbers.

"The politicians and the pundits trying to push America back to the "good old days" of 2018, of ripping families apart or condemning them to inhumane refugee camps in Mexico, are shameless,"   stressed   the   Philadelphia Inquirer's   Will Bunch, after the   Post article was published.

In terms of border crossing apprehensions, 2021 is currently on pace to match   the 2019 surge   under Trump. Where was the panic-stricken media coverage about the border "crisis" then, and how the Republican administration had no policy answer? In truth, Trump   touted   the huge influx in 2019 because he thought it was good politics for wanting to build a mythical wall across America's southern border, which Democrats opposed.

So when a Republican was in the White House, he claimed the huge border surge was bad news for Democrats, and the press largely played along. Two years later, the press is once again playing along with Republicans, claiming a huge border surge is bad news for Democrats.
 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2  Vic Eldred    3 weeks ago

Donald Trump was the only President in my lifetime to actually provide a solution to the problems on the border, starting with the "Stay in Mexico Policy." And he did it despite tremendous obstruction amid the chants from the speaker of "not a penny for the wall."

To somehow claim that his successor, who has clearly opened the borders, is inheriting "a mess" is the epitome of gaslighting!

 
 
 
Tessylo
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2.1  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @2    3 weeks ago

What solution?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2.1.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @2.1    3 weeks ago
What solution?

This one:

"In September, there were some 40,000 arrests, the lowest month this fiscal year and down from nearly 133,000 apprehensions in May.

The reason? Determination and sustained pressure by the Trump administration — including, yes, threats of tariffs — to convince the government of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to do its part to stop the flow of migrants, mostly from Central America traversing Mexican territory.

Last June, to avoid the prospect of tariffs on Mexican automobiles, López Obredor agreed to boost immigration enforcement and allow more migrants to await their US immigration proceedings in Mexico.

To crack down on the migrant routes, Mexico agreed to send a newly created National Guard to its borders and to dismantle human smuggling networks. Thousands of troops are deployed to Mexico’s northern border, where they’ve established 20 checkpoints. On the southern border with Guatemala, 12,000 troops are deployed, with 21 checkpoints.

Moreover, military helicopters have been deployed on both borders for aerial surveillance.

President Trump has expressed his gratitude for the Mexican response. In his speech in September at the UN General Assembly, he said, “I would like to thank President López Obrador of Mexico for the great cooperation we are receiving, and for right now putting 27,000 troops on our southern border. Mexico is showing us great respect, and I respect them in return.”

Naturally, not all are happy with what the Mexican government is doing. Media personality and open-borders advocate Jorge Ramos, in a recent New York Times op-ed, wrote, “President Trump is using Mexico. And, against all logic, Mexico is letting him get away with it. This has to change.”

But López Obrador doesn’t deserve Ramos’ scorn. The Mexican president evidently understands what Ramos does not. Given the deep, integrated ties between the Mexican and United States economies, Mexico cannot simply afford a contentious relationship with any American president.

In a recent press conference, López Obrador defended his position, “We represent our country with dignity, and we have nothing to be ashamed of. The sovereignty of Mexico is defended. At the same time, we do not want confrontation … We are especially interested in a good relationship with the United States.”

It doesn’t hurt that he has on his side a sizable body of public opinion. Polls show that many Mexicans are tired of being a waystation for increased migration through the country, seeing it as a drain on Mexico’s economy and services.

It’s not surprising that Trump’s critics remain unmollified. They wanted the border infrastructure to buckle under the weight of the migration onslaught and overwhelm immigration courts, resulting in tens of thousands of migrants entering the US with scant oversight. But the Trump administration held firm and was able to defuse the crisis."

 
 
 
Tessylo
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2.1.2  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1.1    3 weeks ago

What valid solution did the former occupant of the White House ever provide?

Also, he doesn't have the brains to devise any solution.  Any thing came from Satan's rectum, Stephen Miller, regarding immigration.  

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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3  Sean Treacy    3 weeks ago

Democrats fought trump tool and nail over every tactic he used to control the border. Yet somehow it’s his fault the border Is wide open.

you can’t overestimate the delusion of some Democrats.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  Sean Treacy @3    3 weeks ago
you can’t overestimate the delusion of some Democrats.

They seem to think if they keep repeating it, people will believe it.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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3.1.1  Sean Treacy  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1    3 weeks ago

Biden literally tore up the safe third country agreements Trump negotiated under the theory that anything Trump did was bad, and now we have a surge of migrants.

Somehow that Trump’s fault.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3.1.2  Vic Eldred  replied to  Sean Treacy @3.1.1    3 weeks ago
Biden literally tore up the safe third country agreements Trump negotiated under the theory that anything Trump did was bad, and now we have a surge of migrants.

Now he is trying to renegotiate the same agreements:




I guess it was important to destroy everything Trump did first!

 
 
 
Tessylo
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3.1.3  Tessylo  replied to  Sean Treacy @3.1.1    3 weeks ago

Anything he did do was bad.  Seems there's always a 'surge of migrants'

 
 
 
Tessylo
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3.1.4  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.2    3 weeks ago
I guess it was important to destroy everything Trump did first!

YES, IT WAS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT!  GREAT JOB PRESIDENT BIDEN!

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
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3.1.5  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Sean Treacy @3.1.1    3 weeks ago
Biden literally tore up the safe third country agreements Trump negotiated under the theory that anything Trump did was bad, and now we have a surge of migrants.

Safe, third country agreements?  Bullshit, dear.  Trump told our allies to F-O, while simultaneously feeling up our adversaries.  Also, please post a verifiable link to proof of those 'safe third-country agreements'. 

Whether you recognize it or not, those stupid caravans started after Trump was nominated as his party's candidate.  After his election, the flow trickled to a drip.  Now, the chaos is ramping up again.  You do the math.

 

 
 
 
dennis smith
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3.1.6  dennis smith  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1    3 weeks ago

It is their same tired wash/rinse/repeat ideology when confronted with facts.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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3.1.7  Tessylo  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @3.1.5    3 weeks ago

trumpturd had a tramp stamp - all dictators welcome here

 
 
 
Tessylo
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3.1.8  Tessylo  replied to  dennis smith @3.1.6    3 weeks ago

What facts?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3.1.9  Vic Eldred  replied to  dennis smith @3.1.6    3 weeks ago

Joseph Goebbels once said: "It is the absolute right of the State to supervise the formation of public opinion."

Repeating a lie 24/7 sometimes works, as demonstrated this past November.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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3.1.10  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.9    3 weeks ago

"Repeating a lie 24/7 sometimes works, as demonstrated this past November."

So true!!!!!!!!!!!  Really, the former occupant of the White House's denial of a fair and valid election is proof of that!!!!!!!

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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3.2  Ozzwald  replied to  Sean Treacy @3    3 weeks ago
Democrats fought trump tool and nail over every tactic he used to control the border.

Then why were you guys so afraid of caravans in 2018?

 
 
 
Tessylo
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3.2.1  Tessylo  replied to  Ozzwald @3.2    3 weeks ago

We're still waiting on those hordes of migrant caravans, for over four years now!

Just like the Durham investigations!

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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3.2.2  Sean Treacy  replied to  Ozzwald @3.2    3 weeks ago

What do you imagine that has to do with Democrats fighting Trump to keep the borders open and unsecured? 

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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3.2.3  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Ozzwald @3.2    3 weeks ago
Then why were you guys so afraid of caravans in 2018?

Well look how that is turning out once the PERCEIVED message by Mr. Biden was digested by the masses we have already.

Interesting readin that I know at least one of you will read. See3.2.1

As of 21 March, US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents were holding more than 15,500 unaccompanied children in custody, according to US media.

Department of Homeland Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has said these camps, which are often compared to jails or warehouses, are "no place for a child".

At least 5,000 children have been kept for over 72 hours, the legal limit after which they are meant to be transferred to the custody of health officials in the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). Mr Mayorkas blames pandemic restrictions and abnormally cold weather in Texas for the delay.

While the number of monthly apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border is approaching the levels of two years ago, the profile of those being apprehended is very different, according to the CBP data. Mexican migrants are accounting for a greater share of apprehensions than in the recent past, while Central Americans represent a smaller proportion. Around four-in-ten (42%) of those apprehended at the southwestern border in February were people of Mexican origin, up from 13% in May 2019, the most recent peak month for monthly apprehensions. People from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras accounted for 46% of apprehensions in February, down from 78% in May 2019.

That should help. You're welcome

 
 
 
Tessylo
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3.2.4  Tessylo  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @3.2.3    3 weeks ago

No need.  We've been waiting on these hordes of migrant caravans for over four years now, just like the Durham investigations.  When are they going to lock up Hillary and President Obama?

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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3.2.5  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Tessylo @3.2.4    3 weeks ago
We've been waiting on these hordes of migrant caravans for over four years now

And here they are. Enjoy your shopping.

When are they going to lock up Hillary and President Obama?

I've read a lot on the site lately about projection, deflection, and closed minded people who only read what they know won't hurt their fragile sensibilities. Strange phenomenon.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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3.2.6  Tessylo  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @3.2.5    3 weeks ago

Where are they?

Where have you been reading that?  Sounds like you're describing today's gqp.

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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3.2.7  Ozzwald  replied to  Sean Treacy @3.2.2    3 weeks ago
What do you imagine that has to do with Democrats fighting Trump to keep the borders open and unsecured? 

Has nothing to do with it, since nobody was trying to open and unsecure the borders.  No matter what the right wing conspiracies tell you.

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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3.2.8  Ozzwald  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @3.2.3    3 weeks ago
That should help.

Why should that help?  It has nothing to do with the question....as usual.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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3.2.9  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Ozzwald @3.2.8    3 weeks ago

You asked why we were "worried", your words not those of the people at the time, Well here we are. they showed up. Biden let us in garb and all. Please tell me you ARE keeping up with the news lately.

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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3.2.10  Ozzwald  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @3.2.9    3 weeks ago
You asked why we were "worried", your words not those of the people at the time, Well here we are. they showed up.

So you are claiming that it took them 3 years to drive to the border?  That's why you were panicked in 2018?

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Tessylo
Professor Principal
3.2.11  Tessylo  replied to  Ozzwald @3.2.8    3 weeks ago
"Why should that help?  It has nothing to do with the question....as usual."

What else is new?

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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3.2.12  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Ozzwald @3.2.10    3 weeks ago

Your memory seems to lack some substance. Go back to that time and look at the coverage. It was the fucking media making a big deal out of it because ...........well.........."but Trump" and they were waiting with bated breath for them to get here so they could nail him.

And they didn't make it to the border all the way to begin with and most had to stay in Mexico (thank you Mr. Trump) and once the "stop the build" became the mantra, they started moving again. You surely can't think that all these people with new shoes, new clothes, full bellies and pre-printed signs just got all that done since January .................or can you?

Quit being so damned obtuse

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
3.2.13  Tessylo  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @3.2.12    3 weeks ago

Excuses, excuses, excuses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Just Jim NC TttH
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3.2.14  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Tessylo @3.2.13    3 weeks ago

Not an excuse. Fact. Go look it up. I already did for you. Oh, and it's your beloved CNN so it should be safe.

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Ozzwald
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3.2.15  Ozzwald  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @3.2.12    3 weeks ago
Your memory seems to lack some substance. Go back to that time and look at the coverage. It was the fucking media making a big deal out of it because ...........well.........."but Trump" and they were waiting with bated breath for them to get here so they could nail him.

The right wing media, and your fellow right wingers were proclaiming doom...Doom...DOOM, because of that caravan.

And they didn't make it to the border all the way to begin with and most had to stay in Mexico (thank you Mr. Trump) and once the "stop the build" became the mantra, they started moving again.

Prove they didn't make it to the border.  And if Trump made them stay in Mexico, then they DID make it to the border.  WILL YOU MAKE UP YOUR MIND?!?!

You surely can't think that all these people with new shoes, new clothes, full bellies and pre-printed signs just got all that done since January .................or can you?

In your mind it took them 3 years.

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Tessylo
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3.2.16  Tessylo  replied to  Ozzwald @3.2.15    3 weeks ago

Excuses, excuses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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4  Greg Jones    3 weeks ago

Sorry JR, but the current uncontrollable surge started the moment bumbling Biden was "elected". It's doubtful that it can be stopped. This border bungle will continue to be a millstone around Biden's neck going forward.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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4.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Greg Jones @4    3 weeks ago

I seriously doubt you read the two articles I posted. But thats ok. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
4.2  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Greg Jones @4    3 weeks ago
Fact: This is not currently the "biggest border surge in 20 years."   It's not even close .

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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4.2.1  Greg Jones  replied to  JohnRussell @4.2    3 weeks ago

I read the articles and know exactly what is going on and who deserves the blame. Your continuing to live in total denial of reality is not my problem

 
 
 
Tessylo
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4.2.2  Tessylo  replied to  Greg Jones @4.2.1    3 weeks ago

Speaking of total denial of reality. . . 

 
 
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