Ahead of Biden's first border trip, administration renews amnesty calls as illegal migrant numbers surge

Via:  Nerm_L  •  3 months ago  •  6 comments

By:   Adam Shaw (Fox News)

Ahead of Biden's first border trip, administration renews amnesty calls as illegal migrant numbers surge
The Biden administration is again pushing a sweeping immigration bill that would see millions of illegal immigrants put on a fast track to U.S. citizenship.

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How will amnesty and a pathway to citizenship provide resources to manage the flow of people across the border?  Biden's version of 'immigration reform', at the least, implies that citizenship ends the drain on resources.  If we handed citizenship papers to illegal immigrants as they get off the bus then how would that address the issues of housing, education, medical care, income support, and a host of other services needed by these new immigrants?

DACA was easy because the immigrants, themselves, had already done the hard part of finding a place within society.  DACA didn't require government to provide any services.  That's a bad model for what is happening at the southern border.

How is Democrats' narrative that the United States needs labor any different than when Democrats supported slave labor?  Didn't we already resolve the issue of using human trafficking to provide workers?  Democrats seem to be replacing cotton and cane with poultry processing and day labor.  Democrats using the government to bolster human trafficking for the purpose of supplying unskilled, low wage labor is certainly not about taxing the rich.  

Biden is only trying to kick the can around the issue of an overwhelmed southern border.  Biden is making arguments and proposals intended to let the government off the hook.  The influx of illegal immigrants has overwhelmed the ability of government to provide needed services.  So, Biden is trying to redefine that need to lessen that burden on government.  Citizenship provides cheap labor that the government isn't obligated to support.  

Biden only revives antebellum Democrat politics.  Biden is attempting to transform Democrats' history of slavery into the American Dream.  Andrew Jackson would certainly understand what Biden is doing.

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Ahead of President Biden's first-ever visit to the southern border, both the president and top members of his administration have renewed calls for a sweeping immigration bill that includes a mass amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants despite it being a non-starter for many Republicans.

Biden unveiled a number of border measures, including an expanded parole program for certain nationalities combined with Title 42 expulsions for those countries. But he said that by itself wasn't enough to solve the crisis and called on Congress to act.

He was acknowledging that the country was facing a massive challenge with migration with more than 2.3 million encounters in fiscal year 2022 and with fiscal 2023 on track to outpace last year's historic numbers.

"The actions we're announcing today will make things better — will make things better but will not fix the border problem completely. There's more that has to be done, and I laid that out in the first week I was here," he said.

President Biden speaks during a ceremony at the White House marking the two-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. (Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

He was referring to a proposal introduced in early 2021, which includes at its center an 8-year path to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants already in the country. It would also grant immediate green cards to certain types of illegal immigrants, including those protected by Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

The bill also makes a number of other changes to immigration processing, including setting up refugee processing centers in Central America and efforts to target root causes in Central America. It would also include the opening of a number of additional legal pathways for immigration.

The bill was introduced early in 2021 but failed almost immediately as it became clear that few, if any, Republicans were prepared to back an amnesty proposal at a time when the migrant crisis was raging at the southern border.

Democrats eventually went it alone using the budget reconciliation process, but they were thwarted in those efforts too.

As the border crisis accelerated in 2022 and political pressure has only grown with Republicans blaming Biden administration policies for the surge, the administration has kept pushing the proposal and calling on Congress to again pass it.

"When we first came into office, the first bill we proposed was for a pathway to citizenship, was to fix a broken immigration system that was broken under the previous administration," Vice President Kamala Harris said in October.

"Participate in the solution because we are offering solutions."

This week, that push has again been renewed with DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas specifically calling for the proposal to be passed as a fix to the border's migrant woes while touting an added bonus of it helping with a reported labor shortage.

"On the very first day in office, President Biden sent to the Hill, to Congress, a comprehensive package that would have meant so much to our ability to really manage the situation at the border, to really bring a broken immigration system that hasn't been reformed for decades, to really bring it into the present day, not just from a point of view of enforcement, but also realizing the opportunities that immigration brings to our country," Mayorkas said of the bill.

Mayorkas went on to claim the need for labor in the U.S. is "so great."

"We have 10 million job openings in the United States," he said. "I was reading about what Canada is doing to address a million open jobs. They're bringing in about 1.3 million migrants to fill that labor need that cannot be met within their own borders. President Biden sent forward a comprehensive package on day one. It has not occurred yet.

"We haven't realized the reform that everyone understands is so desperately needed," Mayorkas added. "I'm an undying optimist, and we're going to stay true to the fight to pass reform that our country needs and from which our country will prosper."

Again on Thursday, the administration said in a fact sheet the problems at the border can only be solved "if Republicans in Congress who have spent the past two years talking about border security quit blocking the comprehensive immigration reform and border security measures President Biden proposed on his first day in office and opposing the billions of dollars in additional funds the President has requested for border security and management."

That was a call renewed by Biden, who attempted to put the ball in Republicans' court.

"That work will not be done unless and until the Congress enacts and funds a more comprehensive immigration plan that I proposed on day one," Biden said.

It's a push that has received criticism from former acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf, who called the effort "dishonest."

"Biden keeps talking about Republicans or members of Congress won't help. What they are advocating for is amnesty," Wolf argued on Fox News' "Outnumbered." "It's disingenuous. It's dishonest. And I get fired up over that because it's not going to solve the issue."

Fox News' Elizabeth Heckman contributed to this report.


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1  seeder  Nerm_L    3 months ago

Biden's version of the Horatio Alger 'pull up by your own bootstraps', 'rags-to-riches' fiction is far less aspirational and much less realistic.  The reality is that Biden revives the antebellum Democrat politics of using human trafficking to supply cheap, expendable labor that requires no attention from government.  

Greg Jones
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1.1  Greg Jones  replied to  Nerm_L @1    3 months ago

The Biden administration is certainly keeping the cartel's enforcers, mules, coyotes, and traffickers of all sorts busy

Professor Principal
1.1.1  seeder  Nerm_L  replied to  Greg Jones @1.1    3 months ago
The Biden administration is certainly keeping the cartel's enforcers, mules, coyotes, and traffickers of all sorts busy

And they're not taxed.  Biden is only spending money, he's not collecting revenue.  It's very apparent who is benefiting from the free trade in humans.

Jeremy Retired in NC
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2  Jeremy Retired in NC    3 months ago

DACA was ruled unconstitutional in 2019.

 “through executive action, without proper statutory authority and with no established end-date, after Congress’ repeated rejection of proposed legislation that would have accomplished a similar result. Such an open-ended circumvention of immigration laws was an unconstitutional exercise of authority by the Executive Branch.” 

Professor Principal
2.1  seeder  Nerm_L  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2    3 months ago
DACA was ruled unconstitutional in 2019.

More importantly DACA allowed Obama to take credit after the hard work had been done.  DACA didn't do anything to address the flow of immigrants across the southern border.  DACA didn't provide funding for the services needed to support the free flow of people across the border.

Democrats tout immigration and a pathway to citizenship but refuse to collect revenue to support their own proposals.  Using human trafficking to supply cheap labor certainly isn't an effort to tax the rich.

Vic Eldred
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2.1.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  Nerm_L @2.1    3 months ago

In his first term, Obama had his hands full first with the financial/housing crisis, but then with his Obamacare creation. When he ran a second time he needed to throw something to Hispanics. That was the very thing he said was illegal....DACA.


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