As has been the case for several decades now, the arrival of a Democratic President in the United States has once again reinvigorated the crisis at the southern border, as massive caravans of migrants head north from Mexico and beyond to take advantage of the left’s lackadaisical immigration policies.
President Joe Biden has already been reluctant to tackle the issue, and “border czar” Vice President Kamala Harris appears to have accomplished precisely nothing in this regard.
Now, worse still, it appears as though the White House is now attempting to manipulate the data.
Current and former U.S. officials are warning that the Biden administration has begun manipulating border statistics, incentivizing illegal aliens to shift from illegally crossing the southern border to seeking parole and asylum at ports of entry while blinding border agents by restricting their use of surveillance balloons.
Former acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told the “Just the News, No Noise” television show Tuesday that the net effect of the policy changes will be to create a false portrait to the American people that the border crisis has eased when in fact it has simply shifted tactics,
“They’re just simply moving them from the desert or across the river into a port of entry,” the former Trump administration official said. “But the result remains the same, which is they are doing nothing to deter this type of behavior. And they continue to incentivize and encourage it.”
This will have severe impacts on the Border Patrol’s ground game.
“They announced last week they are reducing the number of aerostats that the Border Patrol uses, which are big balloons,” Wolf explained. “They are another type of balloon, not Chinese, but another type of balloon that they use along that border for domain awareness so that they understand what’s going on the border. And they track gotaways with that technology as well.
“So you’re also going to see in the next several months the number of gotaways go significantly down, not because there are less of them, but because the department now has less capability to track them.”
Former CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan, who served both Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump, said the Biden administration was driving down illegal migration statistics — the number fell by about 100,000 between December and January — “through a perversion and violation of the law.”
“This is why we’re calling it a shell game,” Morgan explained. “Because this administration, Secretary Mayorkas has simply made a deal with migrants from around the world, 171 different countries. They said, ‘Look, in exchange for you stopping to illegally enter and file fraudulent claims, we’ll let you get on the CBP phone app, make an appointment to come to a port of entry, where we will continue to look the other way as you continue to file fraudulent claims. We will process and continue to release you in the United States.
“They simply shifted the crisis from in between the borders, to the ports of entry.”
The exposure of this dastardly deed of data reveals a sinking reality about the Biden administration’s unwillingness to address the root of the crisis at the southern border.