The Biden effect continues at the border

The Biden administration’s attempt to boil the frog slowly on immigration — to ease out Trump border controls gradually in the hopes of not sparking a border crisis — is pretty clearly a failure. For instance, while Biden ended the Remain in Mexico program, he has so far not canceled Trump’s Title 42 emergency public-health measure that allows the Border Patrol to expel border infiltrators without hearings or anything — much to the consternation of his anti-borders supporters. But he created an exception for unaccompanied minors, the result being that aspiring illegal aliens, especially Central Americans, have been sending their kids over the border to turn themselves in, so they eventually get sent (at U.S. taxpayer expense) to relatives already in the U.S.

And in South Texas, even adult migrants, if they bring minors with them, are being released into the U.S. on the honor system, because Mexican authorities along that part of the border have refused to allow third-country nationals to be sent back — a revival of the infamous catch-and-release policy.

This will only get worse as Biden puts handcuffs on ICE, a process that would culminate in plans to abolish the position of deportation officer, which would mean the U.S. government would no longer have the ability to do routine immigration enforcement since no one would be authorized to do it.