Biden's Immigration Policies Are FAILING: On the campaign trail, President Joe Biden promised change on immigration policy. He hasn't delivered.

AuthorKuhlenbeck, Mike

It's been more than four years since the Department of Justice, under the administration of Donald Trump, announced its infamous "zero-tolerance" policy for immigrants crossing the border without documentation. Under this draconian policy, federal agents and local law enforcement officers were ordered to detain and criminally charge immigrants, regardless of whether they were fleeing violence or seeking asylum. The most notorious aspect of the administrations aggressive new approach was a policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.

These callous measures rank among the worst human rights violations in recent U.S. history. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, aided by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents and police officers, smashed in doors and arrested immigrants in Gestapo-style raids; sobbing children were ripped from their parents' arms and sent to undisclosed locations; asylum-seekers and other vulnerable immigrants were herded into crowded detention facilities in squalid conditions unfit for human beings. A House Judiciary Committee report on the family-separation policy, released in October 2020, concluded that the policy was "marked by reckless incompetence and intentional cruelty."

Those who opposed the Trump Administration breathed a sigh of relief when Joe Biden was elected President in 2020, and when Democrats took control of the House in 2018, and the Senate in 2021. But after decades of being betrayed by politicians who had failed to live up to their campaign promises, more cautious observers soon noticed that the newly elected President was backtracking on his own campaign promises to roll back the previous administration's assault on immigrants and their communities.

On February 2, 2021, Biden signed an Executive Order creating an interagency task force to identify immigrant children who had been separated from their families. By November of that year, the task force claimed that nearly 2,300 children had been reunited with their families. An additional 1,703 children had not yet been reunited. When news outlets began circulating reports that the Department of Justice might begin paying the families reparations for the psychological trauma inflicted upon them due to the separations, Biden dismissed the reports as "garbage" and said these reparations were "not going to happen."

Sadly, the National Immigrant Justice Center's Jordyn Rozensky wrote that, rather than changing course, the Biden Administration "routinely separates families through detention and deportation as part of its interior immigration enforcement practices, without meaningful policies designed to protect family unity"

In June 2021, Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to Central America to meet with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, whose administration has been marred by allegations of corruption. After the meeting, the two leaders held a press conference in which Harris delivered a startling message: "I want to be clear to folks in this region who are thinking about making that dangerous trek to the United States-Mexico border: Do not come."

The Vice President's words, which echoed the hardline rhetoric of the Trump era, signified a shift in tone from the campaign trail. Further proof of this hardline approach can be found in Biden's 2023 budget proposal, which...

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