Joe Biden appears to be pumping the brakes on his ambitious immigration agenda.
Top officials within the current administration are reportedly pleased to hear Biden’s latest rhetoric on the issue, which clearly moderates his earlier promises to immediately abolish President Donald Trump’s policies amid concerns of an unmanageable border surge.
“Two million people on our border”
According to the Associated Press, Biden and key aides in his transition team warned Democrats at large last week that it would take months to effectively enact the prospective president-elect’s platform.
On the campaign trail, however, the former vice president was considerably more ambitious in his plans to begin eliminating policies as soon as his first day in office.
Among the specific promises he made as a candidate was a vow to roll back the so-called Remain in Mexico agreement, which requires asylum seekers to wait on the other side of the border while their cases are pending.
“The last thing we need is to say we’re going to stop immediately, the access to asylum, the way it’s being run now, and then end up with two million people on our border,” Biden said.
For his part, actin U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan made no secret of his worries that a Biden administration would incentivize illegal immigration, telling the Washington Examiner that the Biden team’s latest admission represents a positive trend.
“A broken promise”
“My first response was this was, you know, a broken promise to the American people that I’m actually glad is happening,” Morgan said.
He went on to cite year-over-year increases in immigration rates as an early sign of a brewing border crisis.
If Biden were to keep his campaign-trail promises, Morgan said the resulting problem would “pale in comparison to what we saw [in] 2018 within weeks of his administration.”
Of course, plenty of conservatives remain worried about an immigration policy they still find radical and needlessly lenient toward those seeking to illegally enter the United States.
Nevertheless, one unnamed official from the Department of Homeland Security concluded to the Examiner: “The change in tone should be taken as a tacit acknowledgment that the dangers the Trump administration warned about are real and the messaging from Biden was only politicking.”