Concern is growing over the “open borders” policies established by the administration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, which in addition to generating an alarming immigration crisis, is also enriching the drug cartels in the region.
The Texas governor, Greg Abbott, denounced that the Democratic government is not only “inviting more illegal immigration,” but is also empowering drug traffickers.
“Border Patrol officials told me that the Biden administration and policies are enriching, they are empowering the drug cartels in Mexico who make money from the people they help smuggle into the state of Texas,” Abbott said.
Of the 110,000 people detained, Abbott said agents found 800 criminal aliens who had been previously arrested and deported from the United States, 78 were sex offenders and 62 were gang members.
On Tuesday, March 23, it was announced that Biden will send a delegation to Mexico to define a strategy to face the immigration crisis.
The team, headed by former ambassador Roberta Jacobson, will arrive this Monday in Mexico City to meet with Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard.
The U.S. faces an unprecedent migration crisis
To gain an in-depth understanding of the consequences of the immigration policies adopted by Biden-Harris, El American interviewed David Grantham, a national security and anti-terrorism expert on border crises. The specialist pointed out that this is an “unprecedented” immigration crisis.
Grantham is the author of Consequences: An Intelligence Officer’s War and is a senior fellow at the Center for a Free and Secure Society.
“We in the United States have never experienced this level of migration at one time. And there is no sign of it stopping.”David Grantham.
“This is a national security problem, a regional security problem, because lax policy encourages cartels and people smugglers to advertise their business. People come because they believe they will gain entry into the United States. Smugglers offer their services more frequently because they believe they will also be successful. All of this encourages illicit activity, victimizes the needy, and endangers Latin American communities,” Grantham said of the immigration crisis generated by the Biden-Harris immigration policies.
The specialist criticized that the Democratic administration relates its measures to “what is moral” in the country, and that it does not measure the consequences of its policies.
“The administration measures intent and not outcome to determine what is moral, and seems to think that as long as their intentions are pure, that absolves them of responsibility if the results turn out to be terrible. In fact, the Biden administration keeps claiming that this was the moral choice compared to Trump’s policies. It makes no sense,” he said.
“How can a policy that incentivizes the exploitation of those in need in Latin America and threatens the security of border communities and elsewhere in America be any more moral?”David Grantham
Grantham denounced that border authorities are “overwhelmed” and in the face of this, they have been forced to release hundreds of migrants. In addition to the fact that “there are not enough agents.”
“We have heard that people are being released because the agents are overwhelmed. It’s not a political decision, as far as we know, but a logistical decision. As more people arrive at the border, agents are forced to perform other tasks. As a result, some people are released or simply pass through because there are not enough agents,” he said.
Grantham explained that what differentiates this migration wave from previous ones is that the migrant population already knows about the asylum process and in some ways they are trained to apply for asylum.
“They are now coming in a coordinated way, trained to apply for asylum because it will probably get them in with a court appointment. About 90 percent of people don’t show up for that court date and stay in the United States. This time it’s different because they know better how to successfully manipulate the system,” he said.
For Grantham, it is necessary for Biden to take up Trump’s Permanece en Mexico policy, as he considers that “that deters people from coming and discourages smugglers.”
It remains to be seen whether the Democratic government will retake some of Trump’s immigration policies since one of the first measures taken by Biden was to do away with what was established by his predecessor.