Dr. Ashwin Vasan, New York City’s health commissioner, claims that the Biden administration’s border polices have produced an influx of migrants from the southern border who are bringing contagious diseases to NYC neighborhoods.

If Vasan is right, the administration should pause its programs for admitting migrants who have not gone through the visa application process until it has developed more effective methods for determining whether they are bringing communicable diseases into the country.

Administration’s policies attract more undocumented migrants, including migrants from distant countries that have uncontrolled communicable diseases.

Border security expert Todd Bensman says that whether migrants are willing to pay big fees to be smuggled across the border depends on how likely it is that they will be able get in and stay.

The likelihood of getting in and staying has been extraordinarily high during the Biden presidency. The administration has released more than 2 million illegal border crossers into the country, a number that would be much larger if it hadn’t had to expel more than 2 million illegal crossers pursuant to Title 42.

Moreover, the administration has virtually eliminated deportability for just being in the United States in violation of our laws. If illegal crossers can reach the interior of the country, it is extremely unlikely that they will be deported unless they are convicted for committing a serious crime here.

This also has made it worth the risk of incurring the expense of coming here from distant countries.

For most of its history, the Border Patrol primarily encountered migrants from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The number of migrants coming from other countries has increased during the Biden presidency, which increases the likelihood that migrants are coming from countries that have uncontrolled communicable diseases.


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:https://nolanrappaport.blogspot.com