Biden hasn’t visited the border in over a decade — his policies show it

Joe Biden’s first months in office have been defined by crisis. Under his watch, violent crime has skyrocketed, prices for basic goods have exploded, and COVID is raging. Biden’s chaotic, bloody withdrawal from Afghanistan resulted in 13 dead American heroes, as well as seven dead Afghan children killed by a Biden-ordered drone strike. 

This president has caused — and repeatedly failed to address — these many problems. He’s failing on so many fronts that it’s hard to keep up with the scale of his mismanagement. However, it’s important to remember that all along, a singular and shocking crisis has continued to unfold: Joe Biden’s border crisis, which he has refused to address in person even as it becomes a nationwide disaster. 

What’s worse is his dereliction of duty. Biden hasn’t even visited the border to see this crisis firsthand. In fact, as far as we can tell, he may have never visited the border — certainly not since 2008, when he began his first term as vice president. Biden is woefully unwilling to face the real-life problems that his policies have caused. His failure to show up is inexcusable.

When Biden entered office, he immediately set about undoing the progress President Trump made in securing our southern border. The result was predictable — and disastrous. Hundreds of thousands of migrants began streaming across the southern border as Biden and so-called “border czar” Kamala Harris continually ignored the problem. The administration repeatedly tried to downplay the extent of the crisis, attributing it to “seasonal migration” and promising a drop in numbers. Those were lies.

Look at the situation on the ground today. Since Feb. 1, there have been over 1.2 million illegal immigrant encounters at the southern border. That includes nearly 209,000 apprehensions in the month of August alone — right around when Biden and his cronies claimed that the summer heat would slow the tide of migrants. Those August numbers represent a 317 percent increase in crossings compared to last August when President Trump was in office. Heartbreakingly, the August number included more than 18,000 unaccompanied children. 

This crisis has had a destructive impact on American communities located near the southern border — but the harm isn’t limited there. COVID-positive illegal immigrants are flowing into southern communities. Border-related crime in those communities has surged. Some of the migrants crossing are bringing deadly drugs, too: Since Feb. 1, Border Patrol agents have seized 6,176 pounds of fentanyl, enough to kill hundreds of millions of Americans. The border crisis is playing a significant role in record-breaking seizures of deadly drugs nationwide. And now officials have confirmed that illegal immigrants are being flown to states across the country, only to be released into communities hundreds of miles away from the border. This has become a nationwide problem as a result of Biden’s failure to act.

Last week, 26 Republican governors representing states from every corner of America wrote a letter to Joe Biden, demanding a meeting to address this ongoing humanitarian disaster. “A crisis that began at our southern border now extends beyond to every state and requires immediate action,” they wrote, “before the situation worsens.”

The fact that 26 governors have to openly ask for the federal government’s attention to a humanitarian crisis is a stunning indictment of Biden’s failed leadership. And remember — he has refused for decades to do the bare minimum of showing up. Biden took a three-day vacation at his beach house last weekend, even as images of 12,000 migrants crowded under a bridge in 104-degree heat went viral. This comes shortly after his unconstitutional vaccine mandate on American businesses — which conveniently left out vaccine mandates for the hundreds of thousands of migrants entering our country illegally. His “border czar” Harris spent last weekend at a football game, and has only spent a few hours in Texas throughout the duration of this crisis. 

There is nothing noble or decent about presiding over a humanitarian crisis. It’s even more despicable to pretend it doesn’t exist. The border crisis — and Biden’s consistent refusal to even show his face as migrants flood unchecked across America — is a perfect example of his unaccountable, failed leadership. Americans deserve better.

Ronna McDaniel is chairwoman of the Republican National Committee. Follow her on Twitter @GOPChairwoman.

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