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In defense of illegal immigration, liberals often argue that Latin Americans do the jobs that U.S. citizens simply don't want to do. Those who make such claims typically wind up sounding racist, such as the time Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wondered who would pick the crops if not for illegal aliens.
Perhaps those Democrats were proven right on Tuesday. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador just did the job that the liberal media apparently doesn't want to do at all: Tell the truth about President Joe Biden's abdication of border security.
During a joint appearance of the three North American countries, AMLO - as Biden's counterpart is known - thanked the U.S. president for not building one iota of wall along the southern border in stark contrast to his predecessors.
"President Biden, you are the first president of the United States in a very long time that has not built not even one meter of wall. And we thank you for that,"
AMLO said, flanked by Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Mexico City.
It would appear AMLO is correct in that the Biden administration has not built any new wall. The U.S. has filled in certain gaps in the existing wall since 2021, but on day one, Biden made it clear he thought the wall was a no-go in terms of solutions for the illegal immigration crisis.
"Like every nation, the United States has a right and a duty to secure its borders and protect its people against threats,"
the president said in an executive order on January 20, 2021. "But building a massive wall that spans the entire southern border is not a serious policy solution. It is a waste of money that diverts attention from genuine threats to our homeland security."
After repealing other key aspects of President Donald Trump's immigration policy, Biden effectively created a tidal wave of illegal aliens flooding the southern border.
Curiously enough, after being harangued by conservatives for nearly two years, Biden visited the southern border for a photo op just this week.
"Our problems at the border didn't arise overnight,"
Biden claimed. "And they won't be solved overnight. But, we can come together to fix this broken system. We can secure the border and fix the immigration process to be orderly, fair, safe, and humane."
Of course, Biden essentially did create the illegal immigration crisis overnight on his first day in office.
His latest solution for the problem is a smartphone app that will help migrants file asylum claims. So, as others pointed out, it seems that the Biden administration doesn't view the situation as one of national security or sovereignty but rather one of orderliness.
Biden - or, more precisely, whoever is calling the shots - thinks that this issue can be solved by streamlining the process for individuals to apply for asylum. Rather than cross the border, then apply for asylum, he wants men and women to use their phones and androids in their home countries and fill out an application.
It is pretty much the worst sales pitch of all time - a hallmark of the Biden administration.
What sounds better: Option A) Sitting in economic ruin as drug cartels wreak havoc in your village, waiting for an app to reload saying that you've been approved asylum admission into the U.S. - or not - and then having to shell out money to travel to the border anyway?
Or Option B) Making the trek to the border, knowing that, more likely than not, you can cross into America, declare asylum in the U.S., and be released into the interior for a better life where you may or may not have to make a court appearance sometime down the road?
Option B is the better choice, obviously.
It should be noted that none of this should be considered a "failure."
This is all a choice by the Biden administration.
Democrats have made it abundantly clear that they believe illegal immigration is a good thing that benefits the country, and these men and women should be given amnesty.
These millions coming here are no different than your grandfather who hopped off the boat at Ellis Island, the leftist argument goes. Worse, Biden seems to fundamentally misunderstand what is happening.
Biden stated this week, "All of us have been immigrants...It's not like people sit in their homes, cities, counties, and towns and say, 'I have a great idea. Let's sell everything we have. Give it to a coyote. Go through some jungles and a long path to the United States. Smuggle us across the border, drop us in the desert, and won't that be fun in a country we don't even speak the language?"
They might not say it's fun, but that's generally almost exactly what occurs.
The thing is, the Left can't outright admit that they don't actually care about the issue.
So instead, they have to throw up window dressing on the topic to try and make it appear as if they're concerned with border security.
In turn, the American people get a border visit replete with propaganda that would put the likes of Kim Jong Un to shame.
As president of the National Border Patrol Council Brand Judd explained, Biden saw a whole lot of nothing - to put it colloquially.
"He didn't tour any facilities where migrants would have been. So he didn't see anything. He did not see any of the chaos that he's created, that he's caused,"
Judd said. "He didn't get any more of an understanding [than] what he had before he went, and again, that's politics. It was just optics. It was a photo shoot."
It should be noted that one of the main beneficiaries of Biden's border policies might very well be Mexican President AMLO.
Rather than deal with Trump - who insisted on and negotiated deals that kept illegal aliens in Mexico or their home countries - our south-of-the-border friend must be confident he can somewhat facilitate illegal aliens traveling to the U.S. southern border consequence-free thanks to Biden.
No wonder he felt so comfortable speaking the truth about the wall at Tuesday's joint appearance.
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