Illegal immigration breeds resentment, undercuts wages for citizens, and sends a signal to the world that our southern border is a free-for-all. For example, Middle Eastern men on terrorist watch lists have entered the U.S. via the porous southern border. Illegal immigration creates humanitarian crises. Smugglers have abandoned small children on American soil.
Leftists called former President Donald Trump’s “America First” policies racist, but any nation that wants to maintain its sovereignty and keep its citizens safe should focus on national security and strengthening its borders.
The Biden administration seems to have no interest in resolving these issues and deterring Central Americans from illegally crossing into the U.S. That’s why a coalition of 20 governors recently sent a letter (PDF – three pages) to President Joe Biden urging him to act now. From Fox News (emphasis added):
The governors say that HHS is calling on states to identify housing locations, while also circumventing them by working with NGOs (non-governmental organizations) and private organizations to house them in their shelters in those states.
“Allowing the federal government to place a potentially unlimited number of unaccompanied migrant children into our states’ facilities for an unspecified length of time with almost zero transparency is unacceptable and unsustainable,” they write. “We have neither the resources nor the obligation to solve the federal government’s problem and foot the bill for the consequences of this administration’s misguided actions.”
One of the first actions Biden took was to suspend border wall construction and stop defending the “Remain in Mexico” policy, which withheld asylum from illegal aliens who’ve entered a different country first and failed to claim asylum there. The Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security could begin enforcing the asylum restriction nationwide while the case was still pending, but Biden’s U.S. Department of Justice asked the high court to cancel arguments.
The governors wrote that the “crisis is too big to ignore and is now spilling over the border states into all of our states” and accused the Biden administration of enticing “a rush of migrants to our border” and incentivizing “an influx of illegal crossings by using irresponsible rhetoric and reversing a slew of policies—from halting border wall
construction to eliminating asylum agreements to refusing to enforce immigration laws.” They noted that even Mexican officials are concerned about illegal immigration and organized crime.
The governors cited the COVID-19 pandemic, which shut down the country and tanked the economy.
“At a time when our country is trying to recover from a once-in-a-generation pandemic, the last thing we need is a self-created crisis that exploits families, undermines public safety, and threatens our national security. We urge you to take action to end the humanitarian crisis and secure our southern border immediately.”