Joe Biden and Kamala Harris lashed out at President Donald Trump for keeping “children in cages.” But now they are doing the same and undoing Trump’s policies that had mitigated the underlying problem.
In other words, the Biden administration is housing migrant adolescents in some of the same facilities that they denounced. They are not really “children in cages,” or even “children in containers,” as critics have said of the capsule-shaped structures in Carrizo Springs, Texas, which house as many as 700 teenagers who, according to the White House, came to the country. without company. But it is not a solution either.
Biden-Harris is also reopening an overflow facility in Homestead, Florida, that Harris attempted to protest in 2019. The previous year, he called Trump’s treatment of migrants a “crime against humanity.”
Of course, many of these facilities were opened under the presidency of Barack Obama, prompting Trump to ask Biden in a debate, “Who built the cages, Joe?” But the media blamed it all on Trump, who pursued policies similar to Obama’s before finding a better way – that is, working with the governments of Mexico and Central America to stem the tide of illegal immigration – deals Biden has unilaterally ruled out.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and others on the left who think the Department of Homeland Security “shouldn’t exist” essentially want open borders. Biden claims he disagrees, but why does he repeat the mistakes of the past?
Obama first sparked the massive waves of illegal immigrants crossing the border, because his promised amnesty for the Dreamers led Central Americans to think that they too would be legalized. Now the new president is pushing for a path to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants, even as he imposed a 100-day moratorium on deportations.
(A Texas judge just indefinitely blocked that deportation ban, which has some liberals complaining about activist Trump-appointed judges. That’s pretty rich considering the left’s heavy use of the courts to block Trump’s policies.) .
Biden is also ending Trump’s “Stay in Mexico” program for Central American asylum seekers, which removed pressure from the border. Which leaves two options: letting them in or keeping them in a temporary facility while you process their immigration claims. A problem entirely created by Biden.
So while we believe that Trump was unfairly vilified for these facilities, Biden deserves every blow of hypocrisy directed against him.