By Miranda Devine February 13, 2022
When Joe Biden dismantled Trump-era border protections on his first day in office, he created a slow-burning national security crisis.
Murderers, pedophiles, rapists, gang members and terrorists — some previously deported — are among the 2 million illegal aliens who were apprehended crossing the wide-open southern border last year. That doesn’t count the untold number never detected.
The lawlessness at the border, created deliberately by Democrats, is an invitation to evildoers the world over to enter America and take advantage of newly lax law enforcement.
A video of a woman growling and eye-rolling, Exorcist-style, at border patrol agents last month in the Del Rio sector, after being arrested for human smuggling, gives us a glimpse of the gates of hell this administration has opened.
And thanks to new rules instituted in September by the peculiarly impassive Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, illegal aliens who commit crimes are not automatically deported unless they are deemed a “threat to public safety.”
Thus, an illegal Mexican migrant arrested for painting swastikas at Union Station in Washington, DC, last month, a few weeks after being arrested for allegedly vandalizing Capitol Police headquarters, and who already has a string of felony convictions on his record, was simply released onto the streets instead of being scooped up by ICE and deported.
Mayorkas boasted last month of having “fundamentally changed” immigration enforcement.
“For the first time ever, our policy explicitly states that a noncitizen’s unlawful presence in the United States will not, by itself, be a basis for the initiation of an enforcement action.”
But there is nothing compassionate about his policies, not for Americans and not for illegal migrants who are victimized by people smugglers.
Mexican and Chinese crime syndicates have taken advantage of the open border to flood the country with deadly drugs, particularly fentanyl, which the CDC says was the leading cause of death of Americans aged 18 to 45 last year.
A snapshot of the unheralded work of border patrol agents just last week saw a convicted child rapist and another child predator, both from Mexico, apprehended in Arizona after illegally crossing the border.