President Joe Biden came into office on the promise to reverse as many of his predecessor’s immigration policies as possible and effectively ushered in a worsening crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Although his administration is denying responsibility for the influx of undocumented immigrants, recent reports revealed that a migrant camp just across the border from San Diego, California, features a huge Biden flag, and hundreds of individuals being housed there believe the president is preparing shelter for them in the U.S.
The camp began to fill up in February after the White House reversed former President Donald Trump’s policy of detaining immigrants on the Mexican side of the border.
Many migrants appear to have mistaken the new policy allowing them to wait in America as a signal that the border was open, leading to an overwhelming spike in migration.
The situation, which the Biden administration still largely refuses to label a “crisis,” has led to overcrowded conditions at migrant facilities and overworked border patrol agents.
In effect, many undocumented immigrants are being fingerprinted and released into American communities without even having received a court date.
Despite the president’s official position that migrants should not make the perilous journey to the border, the situation seems to be precisely what many in his party hope to see.
An uncertain future
For starters, the chaos could present a unique opportunity for more federal intrusion. Additionally, any pathway to citizenship could present the Democratic Party with a wave of new voters.
Some critics even see the increased level of immigration as a way to usher in a globalist movement without firm borders, thus threatening American sovereignty on a fundamental level.
In any case, the federal government is currently under Democratic control, so any potential change in border policy could be difficult to stop — at least in the short term.
Border states like Texas are taking whatever steps they can to stem the tide, but they face serious limitations in comparison to the resources available on the federal level.
Voters will have an opportunity to respond to the current administration and Democratic-controlled Congress in next year’s midterm races — but until then, Americans seem to be stuck with the consequences of November’s election.