As a growing number of Americans are voicing their opposition to the Biden’s Administration’s radical immigration agenda, the White House is implementing a new plan that will only worsen the crisis it has created.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plans to use federal funds to resettle illegal aliens in cities including Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, and Albuquerque, according to a recent report. Reports indicate that DHS is facetiously referring to the proposal as the “Abbott plan,” named after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who has been sending busloads of illegal aliens to Washington, D.C. in protest of Biden’s border crisis.
However, there is no comparison between what Abbott did to try and bring attention to a crisis ravaging his state, and the actions of the Biden Administration, which have continued to foment this crisis. Reasonable people can agree or disagree about Abbott’s tactics, but it is dishonest for DHS officials to conflate their attempts to resettle large numbers of illegal aliens into the country with Abbott’s efforts to force Washington to confront the border crisis it created.
DHS is justifying this plan by citing the reality that detention facilities at the border are overcrowded and running out of room. This is accurate, but it is only accurate because of the border crisis this administration has facilitated. What is more, the Biden Administration has shut down detention facilities and asked Congress for less money to fund detention beds, dropping the already low level of 34,000 beds down to 20,000.
The White House has made no meaningful attempts to secure the border, and nearly every immigration-related policy they’ve enacted has been aimed at undoing successful border security efforts by the previous administration. The latest example of this is the administration’s recent move to end the use of Title 42 at the border, which has allowed Border Patrol for two years to turn away illegal aliens who attempt to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.
The use of Title 42 at the border was scheduled to end late last month before a federal judge issued a ruling ordering it to continue. The judge’s ruling serves as a brief respite for the nation, but it remains likely that the use of Title 42 at the border will eventually come to an end, and when it does, the country will lose whatever control it has left over its border.
Once that happens, as many as 18,000 illegal aliens a day will cross the border, according to some estimates. The overwhelming flow of migrants coming into the country will allow the Biden Administration to claim that they’ve run out of room in detention facilities, and justify resettling large numbers of illegal aliens into the U.S. This is the administration’s strategy, but it is not a new strategy. For months, the Biden Administration has been quietly resettling illegal aliens into the U.S. while hiding it from the American people.
Late last year, then-White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki admitted that illegal aliens were being flown from the border to New York in secretive, night-time flights. Officials in other states, including Pennsylvania and Florida, have also reported illegal aliens being resettled in their states through similar flights. This led Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to sign a bill penalizing contractors who resettle illegal aliens in the state on behalf of the Biden Administration, and also vowed to ship those aliens to Biden’s home state of Delaware.
The White House already resettled roughly one million illegal aliens into the U.S. during their first year in office at a cost of roughly $10 billion to taxpayers, according to a recent study from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). Now that the administration is being more brazen about its plans to resettle illegal aliens throughout the U.S., we can expect those numbers to jump significantly higher. It will be up to states and their elected officials to fight back.
Dale L. Wilcox is executive director and general counsel for 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