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It was a mixed bag this week for illegal immigration as President Joe Biden finally admitted there’s something wrong at the border, yet the Supreme Court sided with the commander-in-chief by ruling that federal agents could remove Texas’ southern border fence.
Biden ‘Ready to Act’ on Open Borders
While President Joe Biden maintained it isn’t a crisis, he did admit the border isn’t secure. During a press conference on Friday, January 19, Fox News White House Correspondent Jacqui Heinrich asked the president: “What do you say to Republicans who are trying to impeach [Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro] Mayorkas?”
Biden’s response: “I don’t get it.”
Then, the reporter asked Biden if he believed the border was secure. “No, it is not,” he answered, adding, “I haven’t believed that for the last ten years. And I’ve said it for the last ten years. Give me the money.” Furthermore, the president put the blame at the feat of Republicans, saying: “I’ve been pushing them – my Republican colleagues – since I got into office. I think we need to make major changes at the border. I’ve been pushing it. I’m prepared to make significant alterations at the border.”
Removing Texas Border Fence
On the heels of Biden admitting the border is not secure, the Supreme Court decided the administration can go ahead and remove parts of the fence Texas put in place to help prevent illegal crossings.
But will it do any good?
Border agents say the razor-wire fences prevent them from patrolling some of the area or having access to the Rio Grande in case of emergencies. Texas officials argue that the state has the right to protect itself and its citizens. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement this week that the Supreme Court’s ruling “allows Biden to continue his illegal effort to aid the foreign invasion of America.”
Officials in the Lone Star State, however, have found a sort of loophole to the ruling. Nowhere does it say the state can’t still put up these razor-wire fences, only that federal agents can cut them down when they need access. Republican Governor Greg Abbott posted on X: “Texas’ razor wire is an effective deterrent against the illegal border crossings encouraged by Biden’s open border policies. We continue to deploy this razor wire to repel illegal immigration.”
Outraged at the Airport
Traveling can be a real nightmare with all the safety protocols in place at airports. At least, it can be for Americans. But what about illegal immigrants who crossed what’s basically an open border? According to reports, signs at airports are causing outrage among passengers, stating that the Transport Security Administration is working with Customs and Border Protection to “validate adult non-US citizen travel documentation when the traveler does not otherwise have an acceptable form of identification.”
Political commentator Dave Rubin posted a picture on X of one of the signs that says, among other things: “The TSA officer will take a photo (optional).” In the caption, he wrote:
“This is the state of absolute insanity happening at our airports. I’m in the Pre-TSA line, where migrants don’t have to have an ID to get through security and it’s their choice whether they want their picture taken.
“There is a plan to destroy America.”
Basically, migrants entering the country using the CBP One app – about 45,000 per month – can use this as their documentation. Supposedly, those using the phone app have to give biometric information, such as their fingerprints, before entering the US. However, Retired CBP Chief Patrol Agent Chris Clem told New York Post that authorities still only have the most basic information and there’s no way to be sure people are who they claim to be without a passport or ID for verification. He remarked:
“[The Administration’s mentality is] to try and make it the most humane and pleasurable experience for these poor people under distress because it is such a tough ordeal to navigate an American airport…but you’ve gotta be kidding me, many of them just came from Middle East, traversed seven countries, used apps to get here, and we’re supposed to believe Phoenix Airport might be all to [sic] much for them …ridiculous!”
“We’re basing it all off what this person is telling us and a minimum system of information,” he added. “Do we really know who they are? Did they use the app or did a smuggler do it all for them?”
To make it even more alarming, reporters at the border have posted pictures of ID cards, visas, and passports presumably left behind by people who don’t want their identity known.