April 7, 2022
By Brian Lonergan
While big government has long been derided as slow-moving, wasteful and inefficient, there is a growing belief among Americans that what we are seeing right now is something more sinister. Yes, our government is still as wasteful and inefficient as ever, but those qualities alone do not bring the kind of fall-of-the-Roman-Empire news and images that have become commonplace today. The only possible conclusion is that a significant number of those in high places are deliberately wounding our nation for political gain, and the evidence for it mounts daily.
To find such evidence, one need look no further than our current immigration crisis. For all the media hysteria at the time over the immigration policies of the Trump Administration, official data shows a border that was largely under control, with apprehensions of aliens at a manageable level. Tom Homan, former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement with over 30 years of experience, has said the Trump-era immigration policies produced the most secure border in his lifetime.
Looking at the same metrics over the last 14 months, one will find a hockey stick-shaped spike that coincided with the ascension of Joe Biden to the White House. Some of the data, including a 1,121 percent increase in apprehensions in the Yuma sector alone since last year, almost sound too outrageous to be true.
Did the circumstances south of the border change dramatically during that time? No, the change was due to a 180-degree reversal of the policies that demonstrably kept the border and the interior of the United States far safer from criminal elements among those entering the country illegally.
A chief executive committed to his oath office, specifically the part about defending the country, simply would not do the things this administration has done.
The tone was set even before January 20, 2021. In Democratic primaries the year before, candidate Biden openly urged foreign nationals to “surge the border” if he were elected. This was followed by a blitz of executive orders on his first day in office. Many of the Trump border policies were ended, including those opposing sanctuary policies, preventing illegal aliens from being counted in the census, and authorizing construction of the border wall.
Did any of those Biden executive orders make things better for Americans living in America? Of course not. They only helped foreign nationals and extremist anti-borders groups with an agenda to weaken the United States. You, the anonymous, hard-working, tax-paying American citizen or legal resident, get to suffer the consequences.
The noxious tentacles of these policies are so long and intricate, it would take volumes to document and untangle them all. The outcomes include more violent crime in the U.S. interior, death and suffering among those making the dangerous journey through Mexico, and a seemingly endless flow of people crossing our border about whom we know virtually nothing related to their backgrounds or intentions. What leader of a nation would allow this, much less intentionally cause it?
Now, just as the devastation from the COVID pandemic appears to ebb, the intentional damage being done to our country enters a new phase. The White House is preparing to end Title 42, a public health provision which has allowed border agents to control the spread of COVID as well as the illegal entry of foreign nationals across our border.
Border agents are predicting dire results from this move, with more deaths of foreign nationals, more illicit drugs entering the country, and a complete loss of operational control of the border. Even some of Biden’s allies are warning that the move could exponentially worsen the crisis at the border, not to mention the political damage of having to own a self-inflicted humanitarian crisis just months away from midterm elections.
Not surprisingly, the Biden White House dismisses all of these warnings and pushes on with its poisonous rhetoric. This is an administration motivated to satisfy the agenda of its radical, anti-borders activist base. The best interests of the country and the majority of its citizens aren’t even on their radar.
Yes, this administration has plenty of incompetence. One need only look at Biden’s painful public speeches or Kamala Harris’ cringe-worthy overseas diplomatic missions to find that. Their broader policy strategies, however, are something different. They are the actions of people willing to cause damage to the country for their own self-interest.
Words matter, and accurate words need to be used. This is not incompetence; it is sabotage.
Brian Lonergan is director of communications at the Immigration Reform Law Institute, a public interest law firm working to defend the rights and interests of the American people from the negative effects of mass migration.
Also published at: Brian Lonergan, Our Leaders Aren’t Just Incompetents, They Are Saboteurs, American Greatness, April 6, 2022.
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