What does Biden plan to do with migrants not granted asylum?
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) again begged President Joe Biden for help handling the “humanitarian crisis” caused by his border policies last month. And on Monday, Biden again declined to help her.
Just 7,000 migrants have been bused from Arizona and Texas to the nation’s capital. That’s just a drop in the bucket of more than 1.4 million migrants whom Biden has caught illegally crossing the southern border and then released into the United States without any concern for the communities they have flooded, especially in the Rio Grande Valley.
The migrants flooding the southern border need food, shelter, medical care, and, in many cases, education. As the Washington Examiner reported over the weekend, 257,110 unaccompanied migrant children have been caught and released by the Biden administration, a number that dwarfs those caught and released under former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump.
“Here’s the problem that this administration is not even realizing — they’re creating the next generation of DACA,” former Border Patrol agent Rudy Karisch said. “We have not even figured out what we’re going to do with the previous generation, and they’re creating the next generation.”
Last Friday marked the 10th anniversary of the implementation of Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Conservatives warned a decade ago that Obama’s lawless decision to provide work permits and legal status to those who had entered the country as minors before 2012 would only create a second larger wave of minors entering the U.S. And that is exactly what has happened.
In addition to the 257,110 unaccompanied minors Biden has caught and released into the U.S., an additional 700,000 individuals in family units have been processed into the country under Title 8. Not everyone in this group is a minor (a mother and two children arrested while crossing would count as three people in this number), but there is little chance that the Biden administration would deport a parent of two minors currently in the U.S.
Very few of the migrants Biden is releasing have meritorious asylum claims. The vast majority come from El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, and Honduras. According to a database of asylum cases tracked through 2021, just 18% of Hondurans, 18% of Haitians, 19% of Guatemalans, and 20% of Salvadorans were granted asylum.
So what exactly does the Biden administration plan to do with all the migrants he released into the country but will ultimately be denied asylum? Is he going to round them up and start mass deportations? In an election year? Or will Biden follow in Obama’s footsteps and announce another lawless mass amnesty just months before Election Day?
At a time when Democrats are so invested in the message that “nobody is above the law,” they may want to take a moment and consider what they are doing to the social fabric of the nation with their past and current decisions not to enforce immigration law.