Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker called in the National Guard to deal with the “humanitarian crisis” that locals claim was set off by 50 migrants being flown to Martha’s Vineyard by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. The soldiers assisted in moving the migrants to Joint Base Cape Cod, a military base.

Was this really a crisis? I don’t think so.

For starters, the U.S. Government has released more than 1 million migrants — 20,000 times the number at Martha’s Vinyard — into the U.S. since Joe Biden took office; the burden has fallen primarily upon states near the southern border, some of which are suing the Biden administration.

Admittedly, that’s an argument of scale, comparing the relative burdens of southern states and an island for the well-to-do off the coast of Massachusetts; for the individual migrants — regardless their location — there are certainly elements of crisis; yet again, those hardships likely pale in comparison to the ones in their home countries from which they fled or the ones experienced on their journey north.

But there is a real crisis in the works.

The DHS Inspector General (IG) revealed a situation that should make everyone pause in a report released on Sept. 13, an audit of the post-apprehension outcomes for illegal border crossers at four Southwest Border Patrol sectors.

What’s happening

Other than migrants who are expelled under the Title 42 order, the administration is only denying entry to a very small percentage of the illegal crossers apprehended at the Southwest border. The rest are being released into the country after a 72-hour screening at overcrowded Border Patrol holding facilities.

And the Title 42 order is going to be terminated — probably after the upcoming midterm elections. President Joe Biden said during a 60 Minutes interview several days ago that, “The pandemic is over."


Published originally on The Hill.

Nolan Rappaport was detailed to the House Judiciary Committee as an Executive Branch Immigration Law Expert for three years. He subsequently served as an immigration counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims for four years. Prior to working on the Judiciary Committee, he wrote decisions for the Board of Immigration Appeals for 20 years. Follow him at