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Amid all the fuss over Elon Musk and Twitter, along with other sundry news items in the cycle today, the situation at the southern border remains without a solution coming from the White House. In fact, it is set to get even worse as the Biden administration prepares to let Title 42 expire.
Those seeking to gain entry into the United States have once again begun traveling to the southern border in anticipation of the program’s expiration. Title 42 decreased the number of asylum seekers allowed to enter the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is set to expire on December 21.
The mayor of El Paso, TX, on Saturday, declared a state of emergency due to the ongoing influx of migrants arriving in his city. The situation will get worse after Title 42 expires.
Mayor Oscar Leeser reminded reporters during a press conference that he “would call it when I felt that either our asylum-seekers or community were not safe.”
He added: “And I really believe that today, our asylum-seekers are not safe as we have hundreds and hundreds on the streets, and that’s not the way we want to treat people.”
The mayor, a Democrat, is one of many sounding the alarm about the uptick in the number of illegal aliens and asylum seekers trying to enter the country. He is requesting help from the federal government to help process the new arrivals.
“We know the influx on [Dec. 21] will be incredible. It will be huge. On Wednesday, our numbers will go from 2,500 to 4,000, 5,000, maybe 6,000,” he said.
“El Paso has been inundated with more than 80,000 noncitizens who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border and were released into its community in the last four months,” according to The Washington Examiner.
The report continued:
The immediate reason for the emergency declaration was the hundreds of immigrants sleeping outside in the cold and the increasing number of thousands apprehended at the border every day, Reuters reported.
At the current rate of immigration, the number of illegal immigrants crossing the border in the last fiscal year will reach 5 million, equivalent to adding seven new states, Rhode Island, Delaware, North Dakota, South Dakota, Alaska, Vermont, and Wyoming, Javier Palomarez, founder and CEO of the U.S. Hispanic Business Council, told the Washington Examiner.
Fox News reported on video footage that surfaced the day after Leeser’s press conference showing a Border Patrol facility in El Paso that became overwhelmed after thousands of migrants arrived at the facility. “The footage shows migrants crammed into the processing facility, many of them sprawled out on mattresses on the floor,” according to the report.
Nevertheless, the Biden administration still appears to be without solutions. The White House is requesting $3.4 billion to ready the country for another increase in the number of migrants coming to the country.
However, the president’s plan, like each of his other “solutions,” does not appear to be sufficient to address the ongoing problem. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), during an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” said he does not believe this strategy will be effective.
“[The Biden administration] has been talking about this plan for the last two years,” Cuellar said. “They’ve been blaming the Republicans, they’ve been blaming Congress. When will it take effect?”
The lawmaker explained that the president’s strategy involves processing and moving migrants from the southern border into other areas of the country. It will provide food and shelter to these arrivals. But the one thing missing from this plan is border security and enforcement of America’s immigration laws.
Unfortunately, the country will have to be ready for even more migrant caravans and illegal aliens eluding authorities and slipping across the southern borders. Southern states will once again bear the brunt of the new arrivals as the Biden administration continues rolling out the red carpet to allow in as many as possible.
It is possible that after Republicans retake the House of Representatives, they might mount a challenge to Biden’s border policies. But I wouldn’t hold my breath – they have shown themselves to be just as keen on opening up the country to individuals coming from Central and South America. Once there is a different occupant in the White House this situation might just change. But until then, it appears we are in for the long haul.