President Joe Biden has found himself in an extremely tricky situation as of late, and there is zero chance that this isn’t of his own doing.
You see, the southern border of the US is being swamped by migrants at the moment, many of whom have explicitly expressed the reality that the timing of their travel is due to the impression that the Biden administration’s policies will be far more favorable to their journey than the policies of his predecessor, former President Donald Trump.
For his part, Biden has suggested that this is a “seasonal” crisis, and that we might all be making too big a fuss over it.
That isn’t sitting well with several members of the GOP, including Indiana Senator Mike Braun, who relayed the dire reality of the situation on Fox News over the weekend.
“As Lindsey [Graham] said, the squalor, the lack of humanity was shocking,” Braun recalled. “But the thing that got me more than anything … is the system behind it punctuated by around midnight when we got there Thursday, going down to the Rio Grande, and being heckled by the coyotes and smugglers at the Border Patrol folks. I asked what were they saying. They were saying whatever you do, we’re going to keep coming. The immensity of the issue and the sophisticated system behind it — that’s something you don’t hear. And that is that most of these kids coming across already have relatives here that have crossed illegally — $4,000 a person.”
“It is like a travel agent being a coyote or a smuggler, and then the thing that really got me is because we think it is just Central Americans, Mexicans, all trying to escape obviously a life that is not good to them. And that is a deeper consideration we need to make, but in the Del Rio sector, recently, 54 different nationalities have come across the border. That is how broad it is,” he continued. “And if you’re from a certain country, it can be up to $20,000. A billion to $2 billion a year industry, run by coyotes and smugglers, and it’s got a loop that will just continue, especially with the welcome sign out there when Biden for the sake of politics only, took a system that was working to at least not encourage people to come on the journey; now, we got this. It was an eye-opener that all of us were shocked by.”
Vice President Kamala Harris has been tapped by Biden to get to work on resolving this ever-worsening humanitarian crisis, but has been reportedly preoccupied with ongoing renovations at the VP’s residence.
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