President Joe Biden issued an Executive Order last week in which he says that the United States is a country with borders that must be enforced but that this does not require us to ignore the humanity of those who seek to cross them.

I agree, but his plan for accomplishing this objective doesn’t include meaningful border security measures or eliminate the magnets that encourage illegal immigration. In fact, it creates new ones. I expect this to antagonize Republicans who are concerned about border security.

What happened to Biden’s vow to unite people of both parties? Or his promise to work with Congress to establish a legalization program?

Legalization programs are exceptionally difficult to establish. It has been 34 years since the last one, which was established by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA).

Former President Barack Obama wasn’t able to do it, and during the first year of his presidency, he had the majority in the House and a strong enough majority in the Senate to stop a filibuster.

Biden just has razor thin majorities.

What was different when IRCA was passed?

Republican President Ronald Reagan answered this question in the statement he made when he signed IRCA into law: This “has truly been a bipartisan effort, with this administration and the allies of immigration reform in the Congress, of both parties, working together to accomplish these critically important reforms.”

We won’t see that kind of bipartisanship while Biden is president if he continues to antagonize the Republicans with his immigration measures.

Highlights of the executive order


Published originally on The Hill.