Mission Accomplished at the Border?

By Mark Krikorian on June 6, 2023

The Department of Homeland Security has released border numbers that it trusts gullible and/or uninformed reporters will parrot. But the numbers really just highlight the White House’s long-standing strategy of funneling illegal immigrants through the ports of entry so they appear “legal.” In other words, the White House policy of accommodating mass illegal immigration rather than stopping it is working.

The factoid that administration-adjacent media will amplify is that “unlawful entries between ports of entry along the Southwest Border have decreased by more than 70 percent since May 11.” Great, right?

Not so fast. Note the qualifier “between ports of entry” — that is to say, people apprehended by the Border Patrol because they entered without inspection. But how many people who would have crossed illegally and turned themselves in (knowing they’d be released) instead scheduled their illegal immigration through the OpenTable CBP One™ app?

DHS for the first time reported those numbers, and they confirm my assessment in these pages back in April: “Biden to Aliens: Don’t Break the Law — We’ll Do It for You.”

[Read the whole thing at National Review.]