Former Vice President Mike Pence has remained active in the political realm since leaving office and is set to use his clout to help fellow Republicans in next year’s midterm elections. In fact, it may already be beginning.
In a scathing Daily Signal op-ed published on Wednesday, Pence broke his silence on the disastrous immigration policies of President Joe Biden.
Pence wrote that Biden and the Democratic Party have created “the worst border crisis in the history of our country,” calling on the president to reinstate the Trump administration’s hardline approach to border and immigration issues.
“For years, politicians promised to secure the border,” he wrote. “Under the last administration, we delivered.”
Last month, roughly 170,000 undocumented migrants were apprehended along the nation’s southern border and thousands of unaccompanied minors are being held in detention facilities. Meanwhile, arrests and deportations have dropped sharply since Biden sought to limit such actions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Although Biden has generally declined to refer to the border situation as a crisis, he has focused on the “root causes” of a migrant surge while attempting to pin the situation on his predecessor.
Pence, however, said the problem is being caused “solely and exclusively by Democrats’ open border policies,” contrasting Biden’s negligence on the issue with former President Donald Trump’s success. He went on to note that neither Biden nor Vice President Kamala Harris has prioritized visiting the U.S.–Mexico border to survey the situation for themselves.
“You cannot be for both”
The former vice president accused Biden of treating ICE “like a concierge service” for undocumented immigrants while bringing back “catch and release” policies that send the message that the nation’s border is open.
“Smugglers are dropping toddlers from atop 14-foot-high border barriers, leaving children as young as 3 to fend for themselves in the wilderness,” Pence wrote.
Democrats have embraced open-border policies as a “key precept,” he argued, and some might even see the current crisis as a “victory” in the pursuit of their ideological goals.
Pence noted, however, that the spoils of such a victory would be a “sea of poisonous drugs and violence” along with “lost jobs, lower wages, overcrowded schools, and overburdened public services” for American citizens.
“Open borders combined with free health care, education, and welfare is a recipe for disaster,” he concluded. “You can be for working-class families or you can be for open borders — but you cannot be for both.”