Joe Biden hasn't abolished ICE, but he's done something just as bad. He's made it impossible for the agency to do its job. Just two months into the White House's amnesty experiment, the scene along our southern border is chaos. And who's fault is it? According to the administration: Donald Trump's.
"We recognize this is a big problem," Press Secretary Jen Psaki finally conceded after days of ignoring the situation. Then, to the surprise of no one, trotted out a familiar punching bag. "The last administration left us a dismantled and unworkable system and, like any other problem, we are going to do all we can to solve it." Lately, you have to wonder what Joe Biden would do without his predecessor. He couldn't take credit for all of Trump's successes -- or blame him for all of his failures. That may have worked on the vaccine, but on this issue? The American people aren't fooled.
What they're seeing unravel at the border is a crisis of Biden's own making. If this president cared more about national security than catering to the extreme Left, there wouldn't be 13,000 migrant children -- alone, without their parents -- in U.S. custody. We wouldn't have coyotes and cartels selling women into sex trafficking rings or luring teenage boys into labor gangs or drug running. It's inhumane, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) shook her head. And even if the Biden administration had done nothing on immigration when they came into office, it would've been a good deal better than what they did do -- which was overturn all of Trump's progress. "Now what you have," she said with disgust, "is an absolute mess."
She's right. When I was on my second trip to the border about a year ago, it was like a ghost town. Very few people were trying to get in illegally. Why? Because the process the Trump administration put in place stemmed the flow with a management system that protected our borders -- and upheld law and order. Was it inconvenient for people trying to get into the country illegally? Absolutely, but that's what breaking the law should be. The last thing America should be doing is turning the border into a welcome center where you're greeted with gift bags and maps, which is basically what the Biden team has done. It's insanity!
And now that things are approaching catastrophic levels, this White House is like a cat in a sandbox, trying to cover its tracks. Congressman Michael Cloud (R-Texas) was part of the Republican delegation that just visited the border, and he says what they saw was tragic: overflowing facilities, young children separated from their parents, and local communities and immigration agents stretched thin and overwhelmed. "It's sad to see that we're at this point," he said soberly. Unfortunately, this is what happens when the president of the United States puts out the call for people to ignore our laws and cross the border. Now, of course, Biden is backtracking under pressure, finally telling the caravans, "Don't come..." But it's too little, too late.
He's already abandoned the border wall mid-construction, Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) pointed out, ticking off all of the ways America's immigration policy has been upended. With a stroke of the pen, the president released almost anyone traveling with a child under 18 directly into the country. He's granted sanctuary status for a whole host of criminal offenses, including drunk driving and sexual abuse. He's restored unrestricted travel from hotbeds of international terrorism. He ended the agreement that people requesting asylum (usually for bogus reasons) wait in Mexico until their hearing is scheduled. And now, taxpayers are stuck with the tab for all of this -- and whatever surge in coronavirus cases come later.
Trump got control of the border, Rich Lowry insists. Biden threw it all away. And with it, any trust from the American people that this administration cares about the future of the country it's destroying.