Op-ed: Biden Applies Soros DAs’ Shoplifting Rules to the Border

By Mark Krikorian on June 4, 2024

The White House has finally announced the long-awaited measure to respond to the border crisis (which President Biden himself caused). Despite the president’s repeated insistence that he lacked the power to do anything about the border, today’s proclamation is based on precisely the statutory authority that Republicans have insisted he’s had all along.

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Whatever the number, this approach says there’s a threshold level of “acceptable” illegal immigration. I haven’t seen anyone make the point that this is the same approach to border enforcement that the Soros DAs have taken to prosecuting shoplifters.

In Fairfax County, Va., for instance, the Soros-funded prosecutor, Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano, announced that he would not prosecute shoplifting if the value of goods stolen is less than $1,000. So any theft there is still nominally illegal, but if the theft totals less than $1,000, it’s not illegal-illegal.

By the same token, federal law requires impeached DHS secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to “maintain operational control over the entire international land and maritime borders of the United States.” It goes on to define “operational control” as “the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States, including entries by terrorists, other unlawful aliens, instruments of terrorism, narcotics, and other contraband.” In other words, the nominal goal is zero illegal immigration, but Biden says that if fewer than 2,500 are caught in any given day (excluding “unaccompanied” “minors,” among others), it’s not illegal enough to warrant a meaningful response.

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[Read the whole thing at National Review.]