With migrant children overwhelming the southern border, President Joe Biden has desperately tried to blame a crisis caused by his own far-left policies on Donald Trump. Not even Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) is foolish enough to go there.
The senator called out Biden for failing to consider the “power of incentives” and labeled Biden’s immigration policy a “de facto” form of child separation, the Washington Examiner reported.
Biden’s spin attempts
In just a matter of weeks, Biden has taken a hatchet to Trump’s no-nonsense immigration policies, with predictable results: masses of migrants are rushing the border, expecting to be let in and allowed to settle in America with no hassle.
Biden has attempted to spin this mess as the collateral damage of an effort to make immigration more “humane” after Trump, who he blames for leaving behind a “broken” system that separated families. In particular, Biden is not deporting unaccompanied minors.
But Biden’s moral posturing is as empty as it is harmful: as Romney put it, Biden is de facto separating children from their families by giving them a rational incentive to overwhelm the border.
“The Biden administration’s lack of understanding of the power of incentives continues to baffle me: allowing unaccompanied minors to stay in the U.S. will yield a flood of unaccompanied minors,” Romney said Monday.
“It’s de facto ‘child separation policy,'” he added.
Biden’s border negligence
Biden has been forced to house children in “cages,” the ones he promised to close, as his administration struggles to accommodate the surge. His foolishness guarantees the situation will get worse.
Biden is keeping at least 5,000 kids in Border Patrol facilities meant for adults, many past a 72-hour legal limit. More than 100,000 migrants were apprehended at the border in February, and the Department of Homeland Security says border crossings are nearing 20-year highs.
There’s nothing “humane” or sensible about encouraging immigrants to overwhelm a system that can’t process or properly treat them. Neither is it fair to America to let a crisis get this bad, then allow migrants into the country without even a perfunctory expectation that they follow a legal process.
Not even Trump’s most sanctimonious opponents can justify what’s happening at the border. Only a true partisan hack could.