“A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.”― Ronald Reagan
The Biden administration is coming under increased scrutiny for its handling of the border and migrant crisis.
The federal government is spending billions of dollars to deal with the border crisis, including on border security, humanitarian aid, clothing, feeding, sheltering, and processing asylum seekers.
Congress and the President have not been able to agree on how to secure the border to decrease immigration.
There is a deep partisan divide on immigration issues in the United States.
Republicans generally favor a more restrictive approach to immigration, including increased border security.
Democrats generally favor a more lenient approach, including comprehensive immigration reform.
This partisan divide has made it difficult for Congress to pass any meaningful legislation on immigration, including border security.
Taxpayers are bearing the brunt of costs funding the migrant crisis.
The drain on our financial resources is staggering. $151 billion is the estimated cost of illegal immigration to this country each year. Rep. Mike Ezell (R-MS)- Homeland Security Committee
The Biden administration has implemented a number of policies that have been beneficial to illegal immigrants, such as providing a pathway to citizenship for certain undocumented immigrants. US offers almost 500,000 Venezuelans legal status.
President Biden has reversed many Trump-era immigration policies, including:
- Halting construction of the Mexican border wall: Biden ended the national emergency declaration that allowed Trump to divert billions of dollars in military construction and payroll funds to build the wall.
- Ending the "Remain in Mexico" policy: Biden ended the Trump-era policy that required asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases were processed.
- Expanding access to asylum for migrants seeking refuge from persecution.
Black Political Opinion: Breaking the Border and the Budget: What the Migrant Crisis Costs Taxpayers
The United States has always been a nation of immigrants, but in recent years the surge in illegal immigration is putting a strain on certain aspects of American society.
In addition to the economic costs, the border crisis is also having a negative impact on social cohesion.
The influx of migrants is straining local communities and leading to tensions and divisions.
This is particularly true in border communities and sanctuary cities which are already struggling with high poverty and crime rates.
Over the past two and a half years, Border Patrol has recorded unprecedented levels of migrant apprehensions, including 2.2 million in fiscal year 2022. (Source)
Per the Homeland Security Committee this crisis has cost Texas $5 billion dollars last year, $5 billion dollars this year, and will cost $9 to $10 billion dollars next year.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams said the migrant crisis could cost the city an estimated $12 billion over the next three years.
The influx of migrants at the current pace is unsustainable, it is putting a strain on resources in border communities and other areas where migrants are arriving.
These communities are often already struggling to provide basic services to their residents, and the influx of migrants is making it even more difficult to do so.
We are utilizing tax-payer funded resources for non-citizens many who are simply fleeing economic hardship. So many Americans are also having economic hardships.
Most Americans recognize the value of legal immigrants and are compassionate to those who are truly fleeing violence and/or persecution.
However, at some point the question becomes are we reaching a breaking point with illegal immigration, and, when is our government going to do something to stop it ?
Black Political Opinion is a multi-part opinion-editorial series that looks at various political topics, news, and views, from the perspective of a Black female, conservative leaning Independent. www.BlackPoliticalOpinion.com