By Allan Wall, September 23, 2021
The latest attempt to provide an amnesty for illegal aliens appears to have de-activated — for now.
I reported in my previous US Incorporated article that congressional Democrats had sneakily attached an amnesty for millions of illegal aliens on to the massive $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill they want to pass in Congress. (See: Amnesty Amendment Sneakily Attached to Mammoth Budget Reconciliation Bill.)
That blog entry was published September 17th.
Just two days later, Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough determined the amnesty amendment was “a broad, new immigration policy” which “substantially outweighs the budgetary impact of that change.”
In other words, the Democrats were using a budget bill amendment to effect a policy change. Sneaky. But the Parliamentarian caught that.
For now, the amnesty proposal is de-activated. That’s good news.
As for the border, I assume most readers have seen photos and footage of a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, where thousands of (mostly) Haitian border crossers have been camped out.
Most of the Haitians didn’t come directly from Haiti, but had been out of their home country for a decade, residing in other Latin American countries, before heeding Joe Biden’s clarion call to come to America.
(Hmm, if these Haitians become voters, which party to you suppose they’ll vote for?)
Texas Governor Greg Abbott got involved in the Del Rio imbroglio by ordering an ad hoc border barrier that seemed to work at least for a while.
As reported by Breitbart:
Governor Greg Abbott ordered the Texas Department of Public Safety and National Guard to use vehicles to create a miles-long barrier to stop the flow of mostly Haitian migrants from crossing the Rio Grande. The vehicle barrier, along with the recently constructed Texas border fencing, effectively blocked the illegal crossings and enabled Border Patrol officials to reduce the population of the Del Rio migrant encampment.
Governor Abbott ordered the DPS and Texas National Guard on September 19 to begin the use of a vehicle barrier to block the crossing of migrants from Ciudad Acuna, Coahuila, to Del Rio, Texas. Since that time, hundreds of law enforcement vehicles poured into the region creating a miles-long barrier along the Rio Grande, DPS officials told the governor during a briefing on Tuesday [September 21] in Del Rio.
Of course, that didn’t affect the illegal aliens who had already entered Del Rio.
The majority have moved on from the bridge — many into the U.S. interior, maybe some to your city.
Many are said to be heading to Florida.
As reported by the Associated Press:
Many Haitian migrants in Del Rio are being released in the United States, according to two U.S. officials, undercutting the Biden administration’s public statements that the thousands in the camp faced immediate expulsion to Haiti.
Haitians have been freed on a ‘very, very large scale’ in recent days, one official said Tuesday [September 21]. The official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter and thus spoke on condition of anonymity, put the figure in the thousands.
Many have been released with notices to appear at an immigration office within 60 days, an outcome that requires less processing time from Border Patrol agents than ordering an appearance in immigration court and points to the speed at which authorities are moving.
Some Haitians have been flown to Haiti.
Criteria for deciding who is flown to Haiti and who is released in the U.S. are a mystery, but two officials said single adults were a priority. If previous handling of asylum-seekers is any guide, the administration is more likely to release those deemed vulnerable, including pregnant women, families with young children and those with medical issues. The Biden administration exempts unaccompanied children from expulsion flights on humanitarian grounds.
That policy encourages more children and migrant women — some of them pregnant — to embark on these dangerous treks to the U.S. border.
Mexico is now helping on its side, moving Haitian illegals away from the border.
But the basic problem remains: the Biden administration allows this.
How long until a similar situation develops at another border crossing?
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