Imagine the Unthinkable by Dan Stein



Posted: Apr 16, 2021 12:01 AM

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As we approach the 100-day mark of the Biden administration, let’s imagine the unthinkable for a moment.

As hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens pour through our borders, we have a president who by his actions encourages it.

Not only has the rule of law collapsed, but the crisis has the potential to completely alter the nation’s prospects, from the sustainability of the American middle class to the sustainability of the American environment.

President Biden is breaching his fundamental responsibility to control the borders of the United States. He refuses to enforce the law in the interior, at the border, or permit cooperation between states and the federal government. He encourages illegal immigration by incentivizing it at every level. He is expanding non-immigrant visa programs and encouraging the replacement of American workers with “temporary” foreign workers.

What can the people do?

What does our system say about this kind of situation?

We are about to find out.

We know that when a president enforces immigration law rigorously, that official faces a battery of lawsuits and probable nationwide injunctions against those policies.

President Biden has done the opposite: He is admitting aliens who have no legal basis to enter the U.S. The courts are nearly silent. It seems the scales of justice only weigh in one direction.

President Biden, a captive of the Far Left of his party, has said he doesn’t think the immigration crisis he has created is anything new or any big deal. He’s appointed a vice president who isn’t engaged at all in the problem, reflecting at some level that neither he nor Kamala Harris have any sincere interest in ending the crisis they set in motion. Consider the irony of putting a person in charge of solving our illegal immigration crisis who has gone so far as to say that illegal aliens “should not be deported.”

Biden also appointed Alejandro Mayorkas to head up the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a political appointee who has already demonstrated a willingness to bend the law in favor of those with favored political connections and those attempting to defraud our immigration system. Mayorkas has superintended this border disaster and may not even be up to the task, even if he wanted to restore order and uphold the integrity of our borders.

Biden’s latest appointments, Chris Magnus to direct U.S. Customs and Border Enforcement (CPB) and Ur Jaddau to lead up U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), are even bigger insults to the American people as neither has the slightest interest in seeing immigration laws enforced or interpreted properly. Jaddau will simply turn USCIS into a rubber stamp, approving all manner of fraudulent and questionable applications. Magnus is simply someone who doesn’t think border security is a priority for the nation, and to the extent he cares at all about the agency’s mission, it’s focused on drug trafficking, not human smuggling. The former Tucson, Arizona, police chief also believes local police should never cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Ironically, congressional Democrats seem fine with hundreds of thousands more non-English-speaking school children illiterate in any language entering our schools (many of which teachers’ unions, to whom these politicians are beholden, refuse to allow to reopen to American students), mostly so pundits can prattle on about inequality of outcomes. Meanwhile many of these kids struggle educationally as resources are reprogrammed away from vulnerable native born students.

The frightening part about this situation is that there is no end in sight. The Biden administration demonstrates both its detachment from reality and its hubris by proclaiming its intent to end mass migration by “dealing with the root causes of migration” and “sending money to Central America.” But in fact they have no plan; only more chaos and complicity in smuggling.

In effect, our immigration agencies are being transformed into enumeration agencies – making note of those moving across our borders rather than ensuring that only those eligible may enter.

In effect, the numbers are unlimited.

So as we approach the 100-day mark of this administration, we should realize that the unthinkable is upon us.

An unscrupulous chief executive has abandoned his sacred public trust to ensure our nation’s borders are protected.

Where does this lead?

Without the rule of law and democratic control of the policy, the results are anybody’s guess – but they aren’t likely to be in our nation’s interest.

Dan Stein is president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in Washington D.C.

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