It looks like President Joe Biden’s administration is starting to finally realize the absolute disaster that is about to take place at the southern U.S. border, as Biden’s quick reversal of nearly all of former President Donald Trump’s border policies that kept America safe is obviously encouraging an influx of new asylum-seekers to make the dangerous journey.
On Friday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken tried to make clear to migran caravans leaving Central America and headed north through Mexico and eventually to the United States that the border is “closed” to them at this time.
Not that it’ll matter much, as they’ll likely still make the journey anyway.
Reuters has the story:
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday urged Central Americans without travel papers not undertake risky journeys to the United States, as the Biden administration grapples with fast-rising irregular immigration across the southern border.
Speaking at an online meeting with officials in El Paso and Mexico’s Ciudad Juarez at the start of a “virtual visit” that included conversations with Mexican ministers, Blinken said the United States was strictly enforcing border laws.
“The border is closed to irregular migration,” Blinken said.
In recent weeks, numbers of apprehensions at the border have jumped sharply, as Central Americans flee the worst humanitarian crisis in a generation triggered by devastating hurricanes and the coronavirus pandemic. The number of people going hungry in Central America has nearly quadrupled in the last two years.
President Joe Biden’s administration has been undoing Trump-era immigration policies that closed off routes to asylum in the United States, while trying to dissuade new arrivals until the system for legal migration is overhauled.
“President Biden is committed to reforming our immigration system and ensuring safe, orderly and humane processing at our border. Those things will take time,” Blinken said.
The two sides also discussed security, with Blinken agreeing about the importance of combating weapons trafficking from the United States, Mexico said in a statement.
The fact that Blinken is being forced to put out this statement is very telling of the trouble that the Biden administration expects at the border in the near future.
The question remains, though: Will Biden and his administration ultimately give in once the hordes of migrants arrive at the border? Only time will tell, but with their extremely soft and weak approach to the issue, don’t be surprised if they end up making several last-minute rule changes to accommodate them.
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