From: Jeremy Beck – NumbersUSA.com
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President Biden and Speaker Pelosi are backing plans to attach an amnesty to the budget that an internal study for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) estimates would require one-to-two years to prepare for – and that’s if the amnesty is limited to four million people.
Border encounters have topped one million this fiscal year, surpassing the 2019 border crisis, and making 2021 the worst year for illegal immigration in decades – while 45 million working-age Americans are currently without jobs.
The Border Patrol estimates another 270,000 migrants entered the country illegally without detection during the fiscal year.
The Biden administration released 50,000 aliens without a notice to appear in court. Instead, the administration advised them to report to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office. Fewer than one-in-seven are showing up, however, despite Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ assurances of a “high rate” of compliance.
As The Washington Post reported in May, interior enforcement has been “functionally abolished,” according to its agents (the story originally said “essentially abolished”), so any alien released into the country is unlikely to ever be asked to leave. Andrew R. Arthur describes the current state of interior enforcement as “decimated.”
Four months after President Biden said a border surge like this “happens every year,” the numbers continue to rise, even during the hot and deadly summer.
Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) says the preliminary numbers for July suggest there were more than 200,000 encounters and 35,000 got-aways last month. The number of unaccompanied minors encountered at the border is also expected to set a new record.
By almost any measure, the situation is getting worse.
In one sector alone – the Rio Grande Valley sector – agents apprehended 20,000 people and released more than 7,000 without a notice to appear — in just one week. More than seven thousand of them were released without a notice to appear.
Reports from the El Paso sector are also grim:
“The El Paso Sector is on pace to meet or exceed the record numbers from the ‘Migrant Crisis’ in FY19. The top five nationalities encountered in the El Paso Sector in FY21 are Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Cuba…..Due to the historic pace of encounters in FY21, agents have been involved in 245 rescues, 20 migrant deaths and 36 El Paso Sector Border Patrol Agents have been assaulted.”
The Washington Post says Biden is struggling for a “clear plan,” but Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX) tells the paper that “the more ‘open borders’ vision is winning out at the White House.”
On July 27, the White House released a “Blueprint for a Fair, Orderly and Humane Immigration System” in which it calls on Congress to use reconciliation to create “a path to citizenship for those already living and working in the United States.”
Much has been made of the uncertain process the White House and Democrats are proposing, but the reconciliation amnesty is bad on the merits, particularly as it lacks any measure to discourage illegal immigration.
The White House blueprint doubled down on what it calls the “Migration Strategy” or “Root Causes.” Stephen Dinan reports that the administration “vows to tackle most of the major issues” in the Northern Triangle Countries while also “promising new ways to reach other countries legally, including new work-based visas and humanitarian protection programs here in the U.S.”
Whatever the goal is, the plan is not aimed at disrupting illegal immigration.
The best way to help the majority of people in the sending countries is to help them where they are. The best way to discourage illegal immigration is to remove the incentives, or “pull factors.”