The Biden White House has extended the ban on non-essential travel into the United States to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The government defines "non-essential" as travel for tourism purposes (e.g., sightseeing, recreation, gambling, or attending cultural events). In its press release, CBP also defines non-essential travel to include visiting family and friends, entering the United States to buy items easily found in Canada or Mexico (e.g., groceries and fuel), and picking up or dropping off mail.
In other words, those tens of thousands of Mexican nationals who hold legitimate visas and live in border cities with family in the U.S. are not allowed entry in order to prevent the spread of disease during the pandemic. Good solid political decision-making, right? Sounds just like what a previous President ordered (although his actions were labeled xenophobic).
But wait a minute. What if the people wanting to enter during the pandemic are a family from Central America, hold no visa, are not considered "essential" as defined by the government, and merely want to enter because they know that once they reach U.S. soil and claim asylum the Biden administration will allow them to go where they want at U.S. taxpayer expense?
Golly gee and gosh darn, I feel safer already! And I feel especially secure knowing that Kamala Harris is in charge of the border situation. Biden appointed her over thirty days ago and she has yet to travel to the border and has no plans to do so, according to her spokesperson. Some news sources report she is afraid of contracting COVID-19, presumably from one of those wonderful refugees she and the progressive left have invited into our country by the tens of thousands in the name of "humanity."
I find it difficult to believe that a U.S. vice-president has not been vaccinated against the virus, but I don't think her failure to travel to the border is about disease. I think what is holding her back is the knowledge that there is truly a crisis at the border and Trump is no longer in office so she can't play the blame game (she's tried, but the Americans living on the border aren't buying it). The Biden-Harris ticket promised in 2020 to fix the border problem but they are discovering that it's a bit more complicated than uttering the usual empty political rhetoric to a delirious crowd of supporters.
There is a significant problem at the border, there has been for decades, and even Bill Clinton recognized it a quarter-century ago in his 1995 state of the union address:
All Americans, not only in the states most heavily affected, but in every place in this country, are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country. The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants. The public service they use impose burdens on our taxpayers.
That's why our administration has moved aggressively to secure our borders more by hiring a record number of new border guards, by deporting twice as many criminal aliens as ever before, by cracking down on illegal hiring, by barring welfare benefits to illegal aliens.
In the budget I will present to you we will try to do more to speed the deportation of illegal aliens who are arrested for crimes, to better identify illegal aliens in the workplace as recommended by the commission headed by former Congresswoman Barbara Jordan.
We are a nation of immigrants. But we are also a nation of laws. It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it.
Say what you will about Donald Trump, at least he had the backbone to address the immigration issue. And he wasn't afraid to use the word "crisis."