Immigration of undocumented migrants into the United States has been a problem for more than forty years. President Ronald Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) on November 6, 1986. This act supposedly reformed immigration law in the United States. According to this site, the law, also known as the Reagan Amnesty law, included the following action items:
· required employers to attest to their employees' immigration status;
· made it illegal to hire or recruit illegal immigrants knowingly;
· legalized certain seasonal agricultural undocumented immigrants, and;
· legalized undocumented immigrants who entered the United States before January 1, 1982 and had resided there continuously with the penalty of a fine, back taxes due, and admission of guilt; candidates were required to prove that they were not guilty of crimes, that they were in the country before January 1, 1982, and that they possessed at least a minimal knowledge about U.S. history, government, and the English language.
Approximately 3 million undocumented migrants applied for amnesty after Reagan signed the amnesty bill into law. There were 2.7 million applications approved. American citizens were promised that the border would be secured in exchange for the amnesty – something that has not happened even thirty-five years later.
From Ronald Reagan to Donald Trump, all the presidential candidates promised to secure the border, but only Trump did something about it. The Trump-Pence administration “built more than 450 miles of the world’s most robust border wall, reducing illegal crossings by over 90%.”
In addition, the former administration ended the “catch and release” practice of catching migrants crossing the border illegally, giving them a court date, and releasing them into the United States – never to be seen or heard from again.
That was not all. The Trump-Pence administration formed a partnership with Mexico – known as the Migrant Protection Protocols – and ended asylum fraud. Migrants were not so willing to travel to the southern border when they learned that they would be required to remain in Mexico while their cases for asylum were being adjudicated.
The Trump-Pence administration did all the above – plus putting in greater protection during the pandemic. Under emergency conditions, they authorized the immediate removal of “every illegal immigrant apprehended at the southern border,” and this was done to “protect the health and safety of American citizens.”
The Biden-Harris administration “inherited the most secure southern border in American history” – and then changed the policies by signing executive orders on the first day(s) in office. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been in office for three months and now have “the worst border crisis in the history of our country.” This is the way that former Vice President Mike Pence explained the current conditions.
On his first day in office, Biden suspended nearly all deportations nationwide, shut down construction of the border wall, reinstated catch and release, canceled the Migrant Protection Protocols, and proposed amnesty for millions of illegal aliens currently residing in the United States. Not long after that, the Biden administration announced it would allow unaccompanied minors to enter the country.
Seemingly overnight, illegal immigration surged to levels unseen since 2006. The number of unaccompanied minors apprehended at the border is the highest ever recorded, and the results are heartbreaking.
Smugglers are dropping toddlers from top 14-foot-high border barriers, leaving children as young as 3 to fend for themselves in the wilderness. Tragically, children and adults have drowned trying to cross the Rio Grande. American citizens living near the border have become victims of burglary, theft, and worse.
The problem isn’t getting better – it is rapidly growing worse.
Biden administration officials now admit that as many as 2 million migrants may try to enter our country illegally this year, the most of any year in the 21st century.
In addition to spending $87 million on hotel rooms for illegal aliens, the administration frantically has converted military bases and convention centers into emergency housing in anticipation of the next, even larger, wave of unaccompanied minors, families, and adults. Yet as the human suffering intensifies on both sides of the border, neither Biden nor Vice President Kamala Harris has taken the time to visit the border and witness the crisis firsthand.
Why are so many migrants making their way to the United States? They say that Joe Biden invited them and wants them here. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador sees it this way: “Expectations were created that with the government of President Biden there would be a better treatment of migrants. And this has caused Central American migrants, and also from our country, wanting to cross the border thinking that it is easier to do so.”
The fact is that the progressive policies coming from Democrats caused the catastrophe at the border. The Trump-Pence administration has solved the immigration problem and had moved on to other problems. The Biden-Harris administration resurrected the illegal immigration problem. The disaster at our southern border could be solved quickly by reinstating the Trump policies that were so quickly ended.
Democrats must want the calamity at the border, and the chaos that is in the nation. The radical left wants our borders to be open and allows anyone to come and go. The United States welcomes immigrants, but we cannot assimilate the unprecedented surge that is coming at the current time. The surge is the direct result of open border policies of the Democrats.
We can expect the crisis at the border will continue. The drug cartels and human traffickers will take advantage of the chaos at the border. America will be flooded with poisonous drugs and violence, and Americans will lose jobs, receive lower wages, send their children to overcrowded schools, and go without public services because of the increased demands.
The simple truth of the matter is that the Trump-Biden policies worked, and the Biden-Harris policies do not work. This is just one example of a statement often made: Elections matter! Will America as we know it still exist at the end of the Biden-Harris administration? Only time will tell!