Immigration continues to be a thorn in President Joe Biden’s side, and now the issue is back in the headlines. President Biden has already faced record levels of illegal border crossings in his first two years in office, and this week, the focus is back on the border crisis. Texas Governor Greg Abbott is taking action to address the issue and protect Americans, despite pushback from the Biden administration.
Abbott was given an ultimatum by the Department of Justice to remove a 1,000-foot floating barrier in the Rio Grande by Monday afternoon. The DOJ claims that the barrier violates federal law and raises humanitarian concerns. However, Abbott is not backing down, calling the border situation a “tragic humanitarian crisis” created by Biden’s failure to secure the border. It’s refreshing to see a governor stand up against federal overreach and prioritize the safety and well-being of his state’s citizens.
Immigration has been a problem for President @JoeBiden since day one, with record numbers of illegal border crossings set in both of his first two years in office and one that will take center stage again this week.https://t.co/RiCIczVXVO
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) July 25, 2023
In response, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre accused Abbott of engaging in a “political stunt” that is inhumane and atrocious. It’s disappointing that the Biden administration is more concerned with political posturing than actually addressing the border crisis.
But Abbott isn’t the only one taking action against the administration’s failed immigration policies. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is set to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, and some Republicans have openly discussed the possibility of impeachment. Mayorkas has denied any wrongdoing and dismissed the accusations as false. This hearing will undoubtedly make waves, and it’s essential that Republicans hold the administration accountable for their disastrous border policies.
The immigration issue extends beyond the domestic stage. In New York City, Mayor Eric Adams is distributing flyers warning immigrants about the dangers of relocating to the city. This action speaks volumes about the failure of Biden’s immigration policies and the impact they are having on local communities. Meanwhile, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is encouraging Hispanics to vote against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in 2024 due to his immigration policies. Clearly, the border crisis is not limited to just the United States, and it’s alarming to see how it is affecting our relationship with Mexico.
Polling shows that Biden’s handling of immigration is one of his weakest points. The majority of Americans disapprove of his approach, with only a mere 34.6% approving. It’s evident that Biden’s policies are out of touch with everyday Americans, and the consequences are being felt on the ground.
While there may be legal arguments for the federal government in this border dispute, it’s essential to recognize the political motivations at play. The Constitution and federal law make it clear that it is the responsibility of the president and Congress to protect our nation’s borders. However, the federal government has failed to effectively address the issue, allowing over 2 million illegal immigrants to enter the country each year. Texas Governor Abbott’s actions may be seen as controversial, but they highlight the lack of action we are seeing from the federal government.
It is disheartening to see the Biden administration dismiss Governor Abbott’s concerns as dangerous and unlawful. President Biden’s border enforcement plan has not led to the lowest levels of unlawful border crossings in over two years, as the White House claims. In reality, the crisis at the border continues to worsen, and it is putting both migrants and border agents in danger. It’s time for the Biden administration to acknowledge its failures and take meaningful action to secure our borders and protect American citizens.