Joe Biden campaigned on a promise to undo what he called the “harm” and “shame” caused by Donald Trump’s immigration policies.
But after a few weeks of its existence efforts To fulfill this promise, Biden is now facing an influx of immigrants on the border between the United States and Mexico, in what his administration calls a “challenge” and others describe it as a “crisis.”
The numbers have risen dramatically: There were more than 78,000 enforcement confrontations at the southern border in January, according to the US Customs and Border Protection, more than double the number that tried to cross the border in January 2020.
The migrant wave comes as the Biden administration grapples with the immigration status of many Policy changes The new president implemented it shortly after taking office in January.
“I think there is a challenge on the border that we are running,” said Homeland Security Minister Alejandro Mayorcas on Monday when asked if he believed there was a border crisis.
When reporters pressed to separate describing the situation on the border as a “challenge” or “crisis,” White House Press Secretary Jane Sackey replied on Tuesday: “I don’t think we need to meet your standards for what you need to call it.”
Republicans are naturally turning home about the effects of Biden’s immigration policies. Trump sent a telegram equally during the campaign, accusing Biden of wanting “open borders” and describing his immigration ideas as “crazy.”
Trump spent much of his first term in the post-presidency Speech On Sunday he attacked Biden, using the border as a prime example of the new president’s failures.
Trump said, “In just one short month, we have moved from ‘America first’ to America at last.” “There is no better example than the new and terrible crisis on our southern border.”
The curious thing is a warning from one of Biden’s fellow Democrats.
“It wasn’t a crisis yet, but it will turn into a crisis,” Democratic Representative Henry Cuellar of Texas told Fox News on Tuesday. “The number of unaccompanied children, and the number of expatriate families is increasing every day,” he continued.
“So, it’s not a crisis yet, but it will arrive very soon.”
Cuellar’s comments come on the heels of a presidential election that saw Trump garner massive support in two counties in his border region.
In Star and Zapata Counties, both along the Texas and Mexico borders, Trump saw massive increases in votes – he won Zapata by 5 percentage points after losing to Hillary Clinton by 33 points in 2016, and Starr lost by just 5 points in 2020 after losing there. By 60 points in 2016. The most prominent part of these statistics? Both provinces are 95 percent Hispanic.
Potential political risk
He was also beaten like the Republican Party in NowadaysThe Democrats, as the party in charge of both houses of Congress and the White House, will win or lose in 2022 based on their political and political successes and failures.
It is a growing immigration “challenge” that threatens to become the albatross for Democrats competing in next year’s midterm congressional elections, and Republicans hope they can use that to their advantage.
In fact, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has already indicated that immigration will be a major focus in Republican efforts to regain control of the House. In an interview with Punchbowl News last month, he listed immigration as one of the three main areas that Republican candidates will focus on this election cycle.
Polls reveal that the issue may be one of Biden and the Democrats’ biggest weaknesses.
While Biden has generally positive approval ratings for his handling of most issues, in terms of immigration, Americans have some concerns.
A survey by The Economist / YouGov this week showed that 41 percent approve of Biden’s handling of the immigration issue, with 42 percent disagree, including 32 percent who strongly disagree. Of those deemed independent, only 36 percent agreed versus 44 percent who disagree.
Additionally, another poll published this week revealed that Americans are divided over whether to limit law enforcement at the border.
According to a Harvard and Harris poll, 49 percent of registered voters approve of reduced enforcement of US immigration laws, resulting in fewer arrests and deportations, while 51 percent are against. (The Economist / YouGov poll has a margin of error of +/- 2.6%; the Harvard-Harris poll did not indicate a margin of error.)
Biden and the Democrats are walking a fine line: If the situation on the border gets out of control, they will almost certainly hear about it from Republicans and, perhaps most importantly, from independent – or moderate – voters in the combat zones.
As the president grapples with the “challenge” brewing along the border, it quickly becomes apparent that the political backlash on immigration may be shaping up to be his own crisis for Biden and his party.
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