On Tuesday, President
Biden, who has been signing executive orders at a record clip during his first
two weeks in office, signed three more relating to immigration. Notably, none
of the orders signed heretofore made any mention of the need (much less the
imperative) to secure our border or curtail illegal immigration.
That all changed on Tuesday when the president signed an executive order that took note of the fact that “The United States is also a country with borders and with laws that must be enforced.” A refreshing acknowledgement, until you read the ensuing sentences which make it clear that, in the opinion of the president enforcing the laws “that must be enforced” both “ignore[s]the humanity of those who seek to cross them” and is a waste of “resources.”
But that doesn’t mean
that Mr. Biden doesn’t have a plan to halt mass incursions across our borders.
He does indeed. Following along in the executive order we find that the plan
entails an interagency task force with the mission to develop “Strategies for
Addressing the Root Causes of Irregular Migration and for Collaboratively
Managing Migration in the Region” that will work collaboratively with other governments
in the region…because nothing indicates seriousness and action quite like an
interagency task force.
Hey, why didn’t anyone
think of this before? All we have to do is end poverty, violence and corruption
in Central America and Mexico (and perhaps a few dozen other countries around
the world) and, problem solved! Besides, what else has Joe Biden got to do?
It’s not like there are any pressing problems that need solving right here in
Sarcasm aside, working
with other governments to address serious problems in those countries is a
worthy idea. But it has to begin with a sincere effort on the part of those
countries to address the legitimate needs of their citizens. In the entire
history of the region, it would be hard to point to any such efforts on the
parts of the oligarchs and military juntas that have run those countries. Maybe
an interagency task force and a regional collaborative migration management
team will change all that, but I’m not holding my breath.
The best hope for real
change in Central America and other sources of mass migration is citizens of
those countries taking action to end the corruption that has impoverished them
for generations. It’s not easy and never has been, but we have seen in Eastern
Europe and elsewhere that it can be done. But that is never going to happen so
long as we invite a mass exodus by promising unfettered entry to the United
States, which is what all of President Biden’s other immigration orders are
designed to do.
Sadly, without meaningful change from within, “addressing the root causes” of mass migration is just a pretentious way of saying that U.S. immigration laws will be forever held hostage to every corrupt and incompetent regime around the globe. Joe Biden knows this, and so do the American people. So, why don’t we all just be honest about it?