Since taking the oath of office nearly two months ago, President Joe Biden seems to be doing everything he can to reverse a number of immigration-related policies enacted by his predecessor, former President Donald Trump.
That trend was on display yet again last week when it was announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) had ended a critical information-sharing agreement in an attempt to persuade parents to claim their migrant children detained at the U.S.–Mexico border.
A new agreement
According to the Washington Examiner, the move came in response to opponents of the agreement who argued that, under its terms, the rule allowed migrant children to be used as “bait” to catch and deport their illegal immigrant parents.
The two government agencies released a statement on Friday announcing the policy, citing the urgent need to find caregivers for unaccompanied migrant children as a justification for the reversal.
“Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the termination of a 2018 agreement that undermined the interests of children and had a chilling effect on potential sponsors (usually a parent or close relative) from stepping up to sponsor an unaccompanied child placed in the care of HHS,” the statement read.
“In its place, DHS and HHS signed a new Memorandum of Agreement that promotes the safe and timely transfer of children,” the statement continued.
It went on: “The new agreement does not change safeguards designed to ensure unaccompanied children are unified with properly vetted sponsors who can safely care for them while they await immigration proceedings.”
“A crisis at our border”
The change comes as the Biden administration faces an influx of unaccompanied minors crossing the border, a growing crisis that Republicans claim is the direct result of the new president’s soft stance on illegal immigration.
“Under the Biden White House, daily detentions of unaccompanied minors have gone from around 45 to over 300,” Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) wrote in an opinion piece for Fox News over the weekend.
“In the past two weeks alone, the number of children detained at the border tripled to over 3,250,” she added. “According to a former Department of Homeland Security official, that’s the highest in the agency’s history. And as we enter spring, these numbers will only grow.”
Ernst concluded: “There’s a crisis at our border whether President Biden says it or not. It’s time for him to hit pause on the partisan grandstanding toward the liberal donor class and work together to solve this crisis.”
Unfortunately for America, there’s an exceedingly slim chance that Biden will reverse his own policies that helped create the ongoing border crisis. Unless Republicans pull off a victory and reclaim the U.S. House or Senate next year, it’s not a stretch to presume that this problem will continue to get worse.