The Washington Times Weekly
Bordering on resistance
States should just say ‘no’ to Biden immigration assistance
With the U.S. presidency flipping from Republican control to the Democratic Party has come the subsequent reformulating of defiance. To be sure, there is no rallying cry to match the anti-Trump era’s “Viva la resistance,” but rather earnest intent to prioritize the interests of the American people, particularly with regard to the glaring issue of immigration. States that can just say “no” to President Biden’s un-American actions are starting to do so, and they should.
Mr. Biden’s pre-election promise to remove barriers to migration across the southern border has pulled the stopper on the northbound flow. March, the second full month of his presidency, saw the highest volume of Border Patrol apprehensions in 20 years and the number of unaccompanied immigrant children in U.S. custody now stands around 20,000.
The president’s plea for these prospective future Americans to delay their journey while a process for orderly immigration is implemented has obviously fooled no one. The crisis is intentional, and Mr. Biden is counting on the naivete of kind-hearted Americans to solve it for him.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is reportedly querying various interior states about providing home-based child-care beds for the thousands of unaccompanied minors. Iowa, for one, is having none of it. “We don’t have the facilities. We are not set up to do that,” Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds told a local radio station last week. “This is not our problem. This is the president’s problem. He is the one that opened the borders. He needs to be responsible for this, and he needs to stop it.”
The Biden administration made a similar request in South Carolina, attempting to outbid the Palmetto State’s Department of Social Services by offering to pay three times the daily rate it spends to house its own foster children. Gov. Henry McMaster quickly issued an executive order on Tuesday banning the housing of unaccompanied children in the state. “South Carolina’s children must always be given first priority for placement into foster care and the State’s strained resources must be directed to addressing the needs of its children,” wrote Mr. McMaster in a statement.
Is it heartless for Republican state leaders to refuse to help a president out of a jam he purposely triggered? No more so than, say, slamming the door on a neighbor who asks for help with a party to which he invited the entire street — at your house. Who does that? Joe Biden and his ilk.
The president’s musing during his initial news conference that caravans of foreigners must be arriving at the southern border because they think he’s “a nice guy” is giggle-worthy. They are coming because he has welcomed them in covert word and overt deed. The only way to halt the mass migration is for states to put a cork in it, forcing Mr. Biden to take all means necessary to re-establish the border he demolished.