On Friday, President Biden met with six illegal alien beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive amnesty program. According to the one-paragraph readout of the meeting, Biden “reiterated his support for Dreamers, TPS holders, farmworkers, and other essential immigrant workers.” The readout also emphasized the White House’s “strong support for the Dream and Promise Act and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act” — bills that would amnesty (1) millions of illegal aliens who claimed to enter the United States as minors; (2) illegal aliens with TPS; and (3) illegal aliens who claim to be agricultural workers.
While the official readout did not identify any of the illegal aliens, NBC News identified them in earlier reporting last Thursday. As NBC News noted, Friday’s meeting is the second known instance of illegal aliens being welcomed to the Oval Office. The first such meeting occurred in February 2015 with then-President Obama and then-Vice President Biden.
President Biden meeting with illegal aliens is remarkable for numerous reasons. First, the president’s time is extremely valuable and most political appointees never see the Oval Office, much less ordinary citizens. This meeting early in his term seems to suggest that illegal aliens are a higher priority to Biden than Americans who continue to struggle during the economic downturn caused by Covid-19. Additionally, any talk of amnesty is a giant pull factor for further illegal immigration. This meeting was held during a worsening border crisis with April's border apprehensions reaching a 21-year monthly high. Finally, as someone who has been to the White House (but not the Oval Office) many times, the Secret Service requires you to provide photo identification and a Social Security number to be allowed on the premises. The fact that these visitors have Social Security numbers and work permits as part of their DACA status underlines the falsity of claims that illegal aliens are "undocumented". Either that, or the Secret Service waved them through without any documentation.