President Joe Biden and many of his supporters have heralded his promise to pursue an agenda that radically diverges from his predecessor — particularly when it comes to immigration policy.
One top Republican acknowledges that Biden is keeping his promise, but has described the results as anything but positive for the nation.
“They’re just fooling themselves”
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) recently said that he suspects the president’s moves to reverse numerous policies enacted under former President Donald Trump are based on partisanship instead of facts.
His denouncement of the Biden administration came on Friday during an appearance on Fox News Channel’s America Reports.
“If they think a radio ad in Guatemala or some rhetoric from the podium in Washington, D.C., is going to keep people from trying to enter the United States, they’re just fooling themselves,” Cornyn said. “And what I really regret is they have absolutely no plan.”
The Texas Republican went on to insist that the Biden White House “underestimated” the situation along the U.S-Mexico border, complaining: “They had no plan to deal with it, and this is in the face of a pandemic right now.”
Later in the interview, Cornyn cited the added danger that COVID-19 poses, explaining that many border agents “are not vaccinated” and must “process the migrants” who are pouring into the United States.
“That seems to be the rule of thumb”
“We know Mexico and Central America have had their own COVID-19 problems and there’s no ready regimen for testing migrants as they are released into the United States,” he added, describing it as “a humanitarian crisis and we’ve seen it before.”
Recalling the influx of migrants following former President Barack Obama’s controversial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, Cornyn argued that the nation has “seen this movie before” and “you would have thought that the Biden administration, which was part of the Obama administration, would have learned.”
Instead, the senator said he “didn’t know whether it’s the politics or just the incompetence of this administration” that led to the current agenda.
“That seems to be the rule of thumb, that whatever Trump’s policies were, you do the opposite whether it makes sense or not, and that seems to be what’s happening here,” Cornyn concluded.
Cornyn is far from the only conservative voice opposing the Biden administration’s approach to border security. As Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity told his viewers during Friday’s episode of his program: “In less than 50 days in office, the Border Patrol has totally been subordinated to illegal immigrants and deteriorated under Biden’s policies.”