Tuesday, September 27, 2022

The GOP's myth of an "open border"


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To justify extreme immigration policies, Donald Trump derided the "open borders" allegedly endorsed by Democrats.  Debu Gandhi, senior director of Immigration Policy at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, for Think offers thoughts on "The GOP's myth of an 'open border" and responds that "[t]he U.S. borders are guarded by a vast and well-funded national security agency that has grown far larger and more powerful in recent years."

Ghandi writes that 
"One would think that those perpetuating the `open border' myth would be eager to seize every opportunity to strengthen border security.

Whether or not [the transportation of migrants North by the Florida and Texas governors] violated the law, it was cruel and dehumanizing. This action — and similar ones orchestrated by other GOP governors — have also deliberately elevated the `open border' narrative, which falsely represents that unlawful immigrants are waltzing into the U.S. through a porous southern border in droves. The purported lawless and open border has been the main justification cited by DeSantis and other GOP governors, who have doubled down on their decision to transport migrants to prominent locations with Democratic elected officials — even though the GOP governors have deliberately made no attempt to coordinate these transfers.

Contrary to the `open border' myth, U.S. borders are guarded by a vast and well-funded national security agency that has grown far larger and more powerful in recent years. Since 2001, U.S. Border Patrol has nearly doubled in capacity, from fewer than 10,000 agents to now more than 19,500. The Biden administration has requested $97.3 billion in funding for the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2023, including billions of dollars for border security and interior immigration enforcement."



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The opinion that migrants in or waiting for removal proceedings who are not detained appear for hearings is interesting, but the real consideration is whether the ones who are given deportation orders leave. If history is a good guide, most of the million plus undocumented migrants Biden released into the country are going to stay here, whether they are granted asylum or not. See Fiscal Year 2020 Enforcement Lifecycle Report, https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/immigration-statistics/Special_Reports/Enforcement_Lifecycle/2020_enforcement_lifecycle_report.pdf

Posted by: Rappaport Nolan | Sep 29, 2022 9:07:33 PM

The border is open if more than a million undocumented migrants who are released into the country never leave, and the number of releases will rise when Title 42 is terminated,

Posted by: Rappaport Nolan | Sep 29, 2022 9:11:06 PM

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