Sunday, March 21, 2021

Pretending There Is No There There

"They are coming," David Frum explains

in numbers unlike anything seen in years. Those numbers are rising. And because the Biden administration wants no return to the detention policies of the Donald Trump years, it is releasing thousands of asylum applicants into the interior of the United States. Those releases, in turn, encourage still more people to try their luck at forcing their way into the United States.

The Administration's response, Frum adds, includes

an immigration bill that would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who were present in the United States as of January 1, 2021. This sent the message to prospective migrants contemplating illegal entry that a very generous amnesty was at hand, even for recent arrivals, even for those with no asylum claim at all.

Then, on his first full day as president, Biden suspended Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy for asylum seekers. Under the new policy, asylum seekers will be allowed to live and work in the United States while their case is heard—a process that can take years. During the Obama administration, fewer than a third of the asylum applications adjudicated each year were granted. More than 1.1 million people inside the United States are awaiting a ruling on their asylum claims. Those who perceive themselves as likely to lose may stop showing up in court, making them more difficult to deport if their claims are denied.

In the video below, ABC News correspondent Matt Gutman can be seen reporting

There are now over 5,000 unaccompanied children and teens in border patrol custody. That's a spike of 65% in just two weeks. It's an all-time record and one border patrol facility  for children and teens is at a shocking 1550 percent capacity.

It is shocking to ABC News, undoubtedly to Frum, and to probably to most Americans who have heard about it.  However, in a classic head in the sand approach, in which an ex-journalist in nine words complains about someone else ignoring context:

One tweeter contends "'crisis' really feels like a shortened version of 'crisis of brown people coming into America.'" Similarly, George Takei claims "the press is going to try to provoke us into outrage over Biden (Pot ban! Border Crisis!) because they don't have the former guy to juice clicks and interest."

International law permits refugees to seek asylum.  There is a cascading number of people risking starvation, violence, even death to enter the USA. Thousands of children and teens are herded into cages or other detention centers while the political will is lacking to spend what is necessary to adjudicate the claims of the more than a million individuals (their numbers rising) awaiting adjudication of asylum claims.

There is no easy way out- not for the federal government; not for the impoverished children and parents in limbo; not for residents of states unprepared for the influx of individuals who themselves are unprepared for their current predicament.  Nor does this end well for Democrats seeking office or re-election with a base which is eager to ignore reality or to blame the deteriorating situation on white people fearing brown people.


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