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By Offering Amnesty Now, Democrats Are Setting Up A Massive Immigration Crisis
The Federalist ^ | February 22, 2021 | John Daniel Davidson

Posted on 02/22/2021 5:50:50 AM PST by Kaslin

Democrats unveiled an immigration bill last week that would grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants as conditions worsen on the border.

Perhaps Democrats could have picked a worse time to unveil their expansive immigration bill that would grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, but not much worse.

The legislation, introduced Thursday by congressional Democrats with the full support of the Biden administration, dubbed the “U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021,” comes as President Biden is rolling back border security measures implemented under Trump and the number of illegal border crossings is surging on the southwest border.

Combined with the ongoing pandemic and shortages of food and water in Texas after freezing temperatures left millions of Texans without power last week, a perfect storm is brewing on the border. Earlier this month, Mexico stopped accepting Central American children and families apprehended at the border. They had previously been quickly “expelled” under emergency COVID-19 protocols. Now, U.S. border officials are releasing them into communities across South Texas, often without conducting COVID-19 tests.

Biden has rather weakly urged migrants to stay away, essentially telling them not to come just yet and to wait until the administration is better prepared to receive them under what amounts to Obama-era “catch-and-release” policies.

But migrants aren’t listening. Arrests of illegal immigrants are up across the U.S.-Mexico border, especially in the Del Rio sector and the Rio Grande Sector in South Texas, the border’s busiest regions for illegal crossings. The Del Rio sector, for example, saw a 172 percent increase in apprehensions from December to January. Last week, amid the power outages in Texas, the mayor of Del Rio last week pleaded with the Biden administration to stop releasing illegal immigrants into his community, saying, “We do not have the resources available to house and accommodate these migrants within our community.”

Meanwhile, the message has gone out to sending communities in Mexico and Central America that, with a new administration in charge now, if you can get into the United States, you can stay. To get a sense of what’s coming, consider an Associated Press report last week on a migrant shelter in Mexico, the first one Central Americans reach after trekking through a stretch of Guatemalan jungle. It has hosted nearly 1,500 migrants so far this year, compared to 3,000 for all of last year.

“We have a tremendous flow and there isn’t capacity,” said the priest who runs the shelter, Gabriel Romero, according to the AP. “The situation could get out of control. We need a dialogue with all of the authorities before this becomes chaos.”

Amid all this comes Democrats’ immigration bill, which seems almost tailor-made to worsen the situation. Unlike previous attempts at immigration reform, Democrats’ amnesty bill contains almost no provisions for additional border security. In the past, amnesty proposals were always coupled with more enforcement mechanisms for the obvious reason that if you grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, it sends a strong message to would-be migrants that if they can get into the United States, they can stay. The idea used to be, grant amnesty once and simultaneously secure the border so you don’t have to do it again down the road.

Democrats have abandoned that commonsense approach in favor of what can only be described as an ideologically driven plan to open the borders, which is what the effect of a mass amnesty without border security will do. Worse, Democrats’ bill eliminates penalties for people who cross the border illegally and provides them taxpayer-funded attorneys, providing additional incentives for people to get across however they can.

Combine this with a new guidance issued by the Biden administration last week, restricting the ability of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to arrest and deport illegal immigrants and requiring the agency to seek prior approval before arresting anyone who isn’t a recent border crosser, a national security threat, or a convicted felon.

Some Democrats, whose constituents have to deal with the fallout from such policies, are warning their colleagues that this is the wrong time to introduce a mass amnesty bill, that it will makes the gathering crisis much worse, and that Democrats will pay a heavy political price. Last week, Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, a Texas Democrat who represents an area of South Texas heavily affected by illegal immigration, told Politico last week that, “The way we’re doing it right now is catastrophic and is a recipe for disaster in the middle of a pandemic.”

But in some ways the disaster is already underway. Last month, Guatemalan and Mexican authorities broke up a caravan of some 9,000 Hondurans who were headed for the United States after two hurricanes and pandemic lockdowns decimated the economy there late last year. Another caravan is already forming in Honduras, according to Guatemalan officials, and smaller groups have been steadily streaming north, filling up shelters throughout Mexico.

Further south, migrants are on the move. Panama opened its border in late January and since then groups have been trekking through the dense jungle that separates Columbia and Panama, filling up camps and shelters in Costa Rica.

All of this means U.S. border facilities will eventually be overwhelmed, and as the Biden administration’s “catch-and-release” policies come online, U.S. border communities will be overwhelmed. It also means there will be an increase in border violence as smugglers and cartels look to cash in on the coming crisis.

Already last month, Mexican authorities discovered 19 bodies in the back of a burnt-out pickup truck in a remote part of the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, which borders Texas. So far, 14 of the dead have been identified as Guatemalan nationals, and authorities believe they were headed for the United States. They were all shot.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: aliens; amnesty; border; bordercrisis; bordersecurity; caravans; centralamerica; guatemala; honduras; illegalimmigration; immigration; immigrationpolicy; immigrationreform; invasion; usmexicoborder

1 posted on 02/22/2021 5:50:50 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

None of this is a crisis to the global socialist UNIPARTY.

People are only livestock with numbers.

They deliberately create what we see as a crisis, or threats to our liberty, with the intent to with prejudice (and violence), destroy all morality, all liberty, and America itself.

What we see as a crisis is literally their goal, or means to an a totalitarian and deadly end.

3 posted on 02/22/2021 5:58:46 AM PST by patriotfury ((May the fleas of a thousand camels occupy mo' ham mads tents!) )
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To: Kaslin

Don’t lay all this on the bax of rats. The entire 5th column GOPe spearheaded this debacle. Lest we forget, Jorge Busho turned this mess into a war. (The war of messyco’s invasion of the USA)

4 posted on 02/22/2021 6:00:20 AM PST by LouAvul (The wheels of America are coming off and the media have stolen the lug nuts.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

All according to plan. The Left wants the US to go down and take Western civilization with it. They believe that when the evil of old dead White men is purged from the earth, then a new era of rainbows and unicorn farts will rise and the Earth will heal. What they are really going to get is a new dark age that will set back civilization and empower the worst tyrants on the planet.

5 posted on 02/22/2021 6:02:33 AM PST by Truth29
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To: Kaslin

It’s already a crisis!..................😷

6 posted on 02/22/2021 6:07:36 AM PST by Red Badger (SLEAZIN' is the REASON for the TREASON .................................)
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To: Kaslin
Democrats Are Setting Up A Massive Immigration Crisis

That's exactly the whole point. Create such a massive influx there becomes no choice but to naturalize every last illegal.

7 posted on 02/22/2021 6:13:18 AM PST by ScottinVA (Enough. Divide the country.. now. )
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To: Kaslin

“”which seems almost tailor-made to worsen the situation.””

Any day US senators and representatives get dressed and show up for work worsens the country’s situation PERIOD!

8 posted on 02/22/2021 6:43:15 AM PST by Thank You Rush
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To: Kaslin

Micro Rubio, Flimsey Grahamnesty and the rest of the Bus League Republicans have been dangling amnesty as an incentive since 2006.

The illegal alien inundation has been BIPARTISAN and INTENTIONAL.

9 posted on 02/22/2021 7:01:48 AM PST by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizens Are Born Here of Citizen Parents)(Know Islam, No Peace - No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: ScottinVA

That has been the essence of the Bush Plan for North Mexico (aka USA) since 1989.

10 posted on 02/22/2021 7:06:19 AM PST by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizens Are Born Here of Citizen Parents)(Know Islam, No Peace - No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: LouAvul

Don’t lay all this on the bax of rats. The entire 5th column GOPe spearheaded this debacle.

Couldn't agree more. Both parties have regularly turned a blind eye to illegal immigration since the 1980's. I'm never voting GOP again. Can't wait for Trump to start his own party.

11 posted on 02/22/2021 7:12:14 AM PST by FormerFRLurker
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To: Kaslin

Wal-Mart’s Barbados workers.

12 posted on 02/22/2021 7:15:21 AM PST by Varsity Flight ( "War by the prophesies set before you." I Timothy 1:18)
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