The incoming Biden team was fully appraised of the potential for a disaster at the border, but forged ahead with encouraging mass migration and enabling the cartels anyway.
Biden Was Warned.
On Saturday, the Washington Post reported that President Joe Biden was warned of—and admitted—the need for “guardrails” to avoid an immigration crisis, but the president didn’t take the advice of career officials who forecast what was to come. Instead, he forged ahead with rapid-fire actions to roll back Trump-era policies, encouraging immigrants to surge the southern border with no preparations in place.
“The situation at the border—which Biden and his advisers steadfastly refuse to call a crisis—is the result of an administration that was forewarned of the coming surge, yet still ill-prepared and lacking the capacity to deal with it,” the Post reports. “The administration also took several steps—including saying it would allow unaccompanied minors into the country—that increased the flow of migrants and encouraged more to try their luck.”
Meanwhile, Biden’s Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has signed off on a six month, $86 million contract for hotel rooms near the border to hold around 1,200 members of migrant families who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border, Axios reported. Since the beginning of 2021, more than 13,000 family members who crossed the U.S. border illegally have been released into the country.
As Homeland Security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas made an official trip to the border sans press, citing “privacy and COVID-19 precautions,” one photojournalist illustrated how difficult it’s become under Biden to cover the scene.
“I respectfully ask US Customs and Border Protection to stop blocking media access to their border operations. I have photographed CBP under Bush, Obama and Trump but now – zero access is granted to media,” photographer John Moore tweeted, along with photos taken from the Mexico side of the border with a telephoto lens. Moore’s thread reads, in part:
“There’s no modern precedent for a full physical ban on media access to CBP border operations. To those who might say, cut them some slack – they are dealing with a situation, I’d say that showing the US response to the current immigrant surge is exactly the media’s role . . . Until now, US photojournalists haven’t needed to stand in another country to photograph what’s happening – in the United States.”
More Great Weekend Looks For The Biden-Harris White House.
- In China, merchandise went on sale celebrating China’s rebuke of U.S. officials in the first diplomatic meeting of the Biden presidency.
- White House financial disclosure forms, released Saturday, reveal the eye-popping wealth of top aides to “Middle Class Joe.”
- On the heels of being passed over in favor of Gene Sperling for stimulus czar, Vice President Kamala Harris’s allies believe her “brand” needs more work.