How the Border Became the Disaster It Is, and How Biden Wants to Make It Worse

Understanding the decade-long series of specific decisions that led to chaos

The chaotic humanitarian and national-security disaster at the Southwest border did not happen overnight. Although the Biden administration has made it much worse by ham-handedly trashing successful policies put in place by his predecessor to gain control of the border, the disaster is the natural end-product of a series of specific decisions.

Budget Reconciliation Bill

Congressional Democrats are attempting to use a poorly understood legislative maneuver known as “reconciliation” to pass a massive amnesty for eight million aliens.

Legal Immigration Will Implode Under ‘Budget Reconciliation’ Bill

Never-Ending Green Cards for Criminals in ‘Budget Reconciliation’ Bill

Amnesty in the Reconciliation Bill Could Cost Social Security and Medicare $1 Trillion

The Public Charge Doctrine: From Colonial Times to Today

Parsing Immigration Policy, Episode 21

The "public charge" doctrine – meaning that a person likely to have to be supported by taxpayers (a public charge) should not be permitted to immigrate – is one of the oldest elements of American immigration policy.

But then as now, the main question is how to define public charge.

Immigrants from Afghanistan

A profile of foreign-born Afghans

This report uses the latest Census Bureau data to examine where Afghan immigrants live and their education levels, income, employment, fertility, poverty, welfare use, and other sociodemographic characteristics.

Watch Panel: Afghans in the US

Refugee Resettlement Fraud in the Program for U.S.-Affiliated Iraqis: A repeat scenario with Afghan nationals?

The P-2 program for Iraqis was suspended earlier this year because of widespread fraud, raising doubts about the integrity of this program for Afghans (who were only recently designated for P-2 admissions) weeks before the collapse of the U.S.-backed Kabul government.

Biden Wants to Make It Worse
Biden Wants to Make It Worse
2021 Reconciliation Bill
2021 Reconciliation Bill
Podcast: The Public Charge Doctrine
Podcast: The Public Charge Doctrine
Immigrants from Afghanistan
Immigrants from Afghanistan
Refugee Resettlement Fraud
Refugee Resettlement Fraud

Understanding the decade-long series of specific decisions that led to chaos

The chaotic humanitarian and national-security disaster at the Southwest border did not happen overnight. Although the Biden administration has made it much worse by ham-handedly trashing successful policies put in place by his predecessor to gain control of the border, the disaster is the natural end-product of a series of specific decisions.

Congressional Democrats are attempting to use a poorly understood legislative maneuver known as “reconciliation” to pass a massive amnesty for eight million aliens.

Legal Immigration Will Implode Under ‘Budget Reconciliation’ Bill

Never-Ending Green Cards for Criminals in ‘Budget Reconciliation’ Bill

Amnesty in the Reconciliation Bill Could Cost Social Security and Medicare $1 Trillion

Parsing Immigration Policy, Episode 21

The "public charge" doctrine – meaning that a person likely to have to be supported by taxpayers (a public charge) should not be permitted to immigrate – is one of the oldest elements of American immigration policy.

But then as now, the main question is how to define public charge.

A profile of foreign-born Afghans

This report uses the latest Census Bureau data to examine where Afghan immigrants live and their education levels, income, employment, fertility, poverty, welfare use, and other sociodemographic characteristics.

Watch Panel: Afghans in the US

The P-2 program for Iraqis was suspended earlier this year because of widespread fraud, raising doubts about the integrity of this program for Afghans (who were only recently designated for P-2 admissions) weeks before the collapse of the U.S.-backed Kabul government.

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Biden Administration's Air Deportations to Haiti Send Some Fleeing Back to Mexico

Buying bus tickets back to Tapachula in the south

Since virtually all Haitian illegal aliens in the Del Rio migrant camp had been living in South America for years, they wanted to avoid repatriation to Haiti, and so some are returning to southern Mexico where they'd been until a week or so ago, hoping the Biden administration's attention will shift elsewhere, so they can try again.

Senate Parliamentarian Blocks Amnesty in Democrats’ Reconciliation Bill

Note: If Congress can vote to give green cards with a simple majority, it could take all of them away, too

If congressional Democrats want to pass a widescale amnesty with a huge price tag, they will likely have to do it the old-fashioned way — through committee hearings and votes, and bruising floor debates. They will likely find it is less popular than the D.C. echo-chamber believes. For now, reconciliation is off the table, and likely will stay that way.