The White House claims that, “Since his first day in office, President Biden has called on Congress to secure our border and address our broken immigration system. Over the past three years, while Congress has failed to act, the President has acted to secure our border.”

But that isn’t true. Biden caused the border crisis by reversing the previous administration’s policies without establishing effective alternatives, despite knowing the repercussions.

During his campaign, he promised to swiftly undo the previous administration’s border security measures. But at a press conference shortly before he began his presidency, Biden told reporters that he would need “the next six months” to rebuild a system to process migrants.

“It will get done and it will get done quickly but it’s not going to be able to be done on Day 1,” he said. Changing the Trump administration’s policies immediately might lead to having “two million people on our border.”

Nevertheless, during his first week in office, he issued more than three dozen executive orders and memoranda, virtually all of them reversing or stopping actions taken by the Trump administration.

Biden’s concern was prescient. There were 1,662,167 encounters with illegal crossers in fiscal 2021, then the highest annual total on record. Encounters rose to 2,214,652 the very next year.

A proclamation Biden just issued won’t restore Trump’s border security measures or establish effective alternatives.

Biden must have expected the ACLU and other organizations to challenge it in court, which makes me wonder whether he really intends to implement anything. Is it just a political gesture intended to overcome broad public disapproval of his border security measures that could hurt him in the upcoming elections?

The proclamation

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