The situation at the southern border is an unmitigated disaster brought about in large part due to President Joe Biden's lax enforcement of existing laws on border security and immigration.
In response to the growing emergency, Biden and his White House have repeatedly proposed a "solution" that will only make the problem worse and proves that they don't take the border crisis seriously, according to a New York Post op-ed from Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies.
That "solution" is, to a great extent, an offer of mass amnesty for millions of illegal migrants already in the U.S. and a clearing of the path of statutory obstacles to make it even easier and faster for millions more migrants to be welcomed in with legal status.
The unseriousness of the Biden administration with regard to the border was on display twice this week -- first, in response to more busloads of newly-arrived migrants transported from Texas to Washington D.C., and second, to a Supreme Court order to temporarily keep in place the Title 42 public health order that allows for the immediate expulsion of newly-arrived migrants at the border.
According to ABC News, three buses from Texas carrying 139 migrants showed up on Christmas Eve outside the Naval Observatory in D.C., the residence of Vice President Kamala Harris -- the latest of thousands of migrants voluntarily transported from Republican-led states like Texas and Arizona to Democratic-led jurisdictions like D.C., Massachusetts, and New York.
On Sunday, White House spokesman Abdullah Hasan said in a statement that the busloads of migrants sent to D.C. by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) was "a cruel, dangerous, and shameful stunt."
"As we have repeatedly said, we are willing to work with anyone -- Republican or Democrat alike -- on real solutions, like the comprehensive immigration reform and border security measures President Biden sent to Congress on his first day in office, but these political games accomplish nothing and only put lives in danger."
Fast-forward just two days, and the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the Title 42 public health order must remain in place pending current appeals on a lower court's ruling to end that particular policy.
The White House said in a statement that while it would "comply with the order and prepare for the Court’s review," it would also in the meantime continue to advance "our preparations to manage the border in a secure, orderly, and humane way when Title 42 eventually lifts and will continue expanding legal pathways for immigration."
"To truly fix our broken immigration system, we need Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform measures like the ones President Biden proposed on his first day in office," the statement added. "Today’s order gives Republicans in Congress plenty of time to move past political finger-pointing and join their Democratic colleagues in solving the challenge at our border by passing the comprehensive reform measures and delivering the additional funds for border security that President Biden has requested."
So what, exactly, are the "comprehensive immigration reform measures" proposed by President Biden that are repeatedly referenced by the White House whenever the topic of the worsening border emergency is brought to its attention? That would be the decidedly unserious U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 that Biden introduced on his first day in the Oval Office.
That Act, if passed, would extend mass amnesty and a fast track to legal status and citizenship to millions of illegal migrants already residing in the U.S. while also greatly expanding all existing legal pathways for millions more to enter the country.
It would also further crack down on and tie the hands of Border Patrol agents and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to make it harder for them to effectively enforce existing immigration laws or defend the overwhelmed southern border.
Krikorian noted in his op-ed for the Post that this Biden plan is so unserious and unworkable that even Biden's Democratic allies in the House and Senate have acknowledged that his proposal has no chance of ever being passed -- though that hasn't stopped the obstinate White House from continuing to repeatedly offer it up as the only "solution" that they are willing to even discuss.