President Donald Trump just made a masterful move that will act as a failsafe for Joe Biden’s ineptitude when it comes to handling the ongoing crisis at the southern border.
Trump just officially extended the national border emergency until February 2022 – just as a huge caravan of migrants is headed for the U.S. Mexico border.
In an announcement, Trump said “The ongoing border security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border of the United States continues to threaten our national security, including by exacerbating the effect of the pandemic caused by COVID-19 … but further action is needed to address the humanitarian crisis and to control unlawful migration and the flow of narcotics and criminals across the southern border of the United States.”
The extension of the national border emergency continues what Trump declared in February 2019 in order to overcome opposition to the construction of the border wall and immigration reforms.
Trump, noting that, pointed out that the emergency “must continue in effect beyond February 15, 2021,” adding, “I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency declared in Proclamation 9844 concerning the southern border of the United States.”
In 2015 and 2016, Trump campaigned on building a wall along the U.S.–Mexico border. His administration, so far, has constructed more than 450 miles’ worth.
Video footage and photos show a caravan of roughly 9,000 from migrants from Honduras attempting to gain entry to the U.S.
“Joe Biden promised amnesty throughout his campaign. A surge of migrants headed to our border is entirely predictable, and it’s a public health catastrophe,” said Sen. Tom Cotton,making note of fears that the migrants could spread COVID-19.
Customs and Border Protection chief Mark Morgan wrote on Twitter, “While a migrant caravan attempts to reach Mexico & the US led by irresponsible coordinators, our countries have had a combined 25 million COVID-19 cases & 500,000 deaths—and infections are surging! COVID is a silent killer & the number of migrants falling ill will only increase.”
Meanwhile, just yesterday, an anonymous Biden transition official told news outlets that the migrants should stay put. Those migrants, according to the anonymous source, “need to understand they’re not going to be able to come into the United States immediately” and added that now “is not the time to make the journey.”
A variety of polls show that Americans are not in favor of the inbound migration of cheap labor into the states because they know that very labor is used by companies to slice American wages.
Economists recognize that migration moves money from employees to employers, from families to investors, from young to old, from children to their parents, from homebuyers to real estate investors, and from the heartland states to the coastal states that are home to many investors and Democratic donors.
That establishment-backed economic transfer has shriveled the wealth and health of many red states, prompting many voters to help Donald Trump defeat the GOP establishment in 2016. Trump’s partly successful effort to reverse that drain boosted his 2020 support among working-class whites, blacks, and Latinos.