To End the Border Crisis, Biden Must Accept These Six Basic Facts | Opinion

a tree with a mountain in the background: U.S.-Mexico border wall in Arizona © Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images U.S.-Mexico border wall in Arizona

Despite what the Biden administration—or the Washington Post editorial board, for that matter—claims, the situation at our southern border is, in fact, a crisis. The crisis will become more severe in the short term, even as the media's attention inevitably shifts to another topic. And frankly, the crisis will not end unless the Biden administration quickly undoes the disastrous border-related policy choices it made right out of the gate.

Here are the six basic facts about illegal immigration that—as evidenced by those policy choices—the Biden administration thus far refuses to accept:

  1. Walls prevent illegal entries. More walls, fewer illegal entries. Fewer walls, more illegal entries.
  2. Successful illegal entries into the United States—defined not just as those who evade apprehension, but also those who are released into the interior after apprehension—result in more future illegal entries. Why? Because people talk. Those who manage to make it into the United States communicate with friends and family back home. Their stories entice the opportunistic to emulate their actions.
  3. Not everyone who makes the journey to the United States or who is encountered along the southern border is an asylum seeker. People are opportunistic and want to come to the United States for many obvious reasons—most of them are not coming to seek asylum.
  4. It is a federal crime to cross the border illegally, even if one later seeks asylum. There is a fundamental distinction between one's eligibility to seek asylum regardless of manner of entry, on the one hand, and the existence of criminal penalties for illegally crossing the border, on the other. Failing to make this distinction clear only encourages more illegal conduct. Migrants can seek asylum at ports of entry without violating the law.
  5. The overwhelming majority of asylum claims are denied. That is because, contrary to popular belief, experiencing generalized crime or violence or seeking economic prosperity are not legally valid bases for asylum.
  6. Releasing aliens into the United States with no plans to remove them or to ensure their compliance with lawful obligations to leave the United States undermines the integrity of the entire immigration system.

To End the Border Crisis, Biden Must Accept These Six Basic Facts | Opinion