Biden's border crisis: Countries refuse to take migrants back

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As if the backlog of processing illegal migrants isn’t jammed up enough due to the sheer number of them, the latest twist is that some countries refuse to take back their citizens. The countries that the largest number of migrants are coming from are Venezuela and Nicaragua.

Venezuela is where the largest number of migrants comes from now, exceeding the number of Mexicans coming across the border. Axios has a report that 800 Venezuelan migrants have crossed the border illegally every day for the last two weeks. This squares with reports from last summer about the growing problem of Venezuelans fleeing that country due to its complete collapse under the leadership of Nicolás Maduro. Last June those with the means to leave were already coming “in droves”. A record 13,400 crossed the border illegally in October.

The second-highest number of illegal migrants comes from Nicaragua right now. Panamanian government data shows more than 5,000 Cubans, Brazilians, and Venezuelans crossed the Darien Gap into Panama in October. 17,000 Haitians also crossed into Panama.

So, why aren’t they just sent back when they are apprehended? Well, we know that Open Borders Joe is allowing families and unaccompanied minors to remain in the U.S. and are being moved around the country, often arriving in airports in the dead of night so as to avoid attention. Single male migrants are most likely to be returned but some countries aren’t cooperating. Shocker. The corrupt and inept leaders of those countries are happy for them to be our problem, not theirs. As reported by Axios, DHS and the State Department are talking with countries that claim to be partnering with the U.S. on illegal migration problems.

“The Department of Homeland Security is committed to ensuring safe, orderly and humane immigration processes,” said DHS spokesperson Eduardo Silva.

“DHS, in coordination with the Department of State, has regular discussions with partner countries in the hemisphere on migration-related matters, and continues to engage with foreign governments to improve cooperation with countries that systematically refuse or delay the repatriation of their nationals.”

The number of single male migrants continues to grow while families and unaccompanied minors are declining. The number of migrant adults is historical as we’ve never seen these numbers before. They are coming mostly from Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Brazil. The decision has to be made on detaining them here for the long term or releasing them when their home countries won’t accept them back. Biden’s history, as we know, is to just turn a blind eye and allow them to stay.

Cuba and Venezuela are some of the least cooperative countries when it comes to U.S. efforts to return migrants who don’t qualify for asylum or other protections.

Brazil and Nicaragua accept a limited number of deportation flights but require extensive notice, and otherwise make it more difficult than other parts of the world.

Mexico also refuses migrants from these countries under the controversial pandemic-related policy called Title 42.

The number of Haitians apprehended was less last month than in previous months, likely due to the deportation flights that Haiti is allowing to land in the country. Actually doing something, like sending them back, does discourage further illegal migration. Too bad Biden is only now putting that policy into effect. Other countries are not willing to allow the flights and who would blame them? If the leaders in those countries are not concerned about their citizens leaving, and they know Biden will allow them to stay, why should they agree to help the United States? Mexico and other countries watched as Biden ended the successful agreements made by the previous administration. The Remain-in-Mexico program was very effective in helping curb the overcrowding and chaos at the southern border during the Trump administration.

Of the roughly 25,000 migrants who surged the sector during the month, only about a third were from Haiti, according to other internal data viewed by Axios.

Another third were Venezuelan, but their home country was not as willing as Haiti to accept multiple deportation flights a day.

However, 69% of the 21,000 people who arrived Sept. 9-24 were Haitian, a DHS official told Axios.

The daily number of illegal border crossers is ticking back up again. They are coming from farther away than Mexico or the Northern Triangle countries. “On Sunday alone, nearly 800 of these migrants from South America, Africa and other distant regions were released into the U.S.” Border agents in the Rio Grande Valley reported encounters with 2,000 illegal migrants in a 24 hour period last weekend.

For now, the Biden administration is asking Mexico to tighten up its restrictions on entry rules for Venezuelans. The administration is also reported to be in talks with Central American countries to take some of the migrants.

Until the Biden administration gets serious about securing the southern border, these posts will continue on sites like this. We write about Biden’s border crisis regularly. The problem is that this is a deliberate strategy on the part of this administration to leave the southern border in its porous condition and welcome in as many illegal migrants as possible. Non-profits are assisting them in getting here and teaching them how to work the system once they are here. In October, CBP reports that there were 164,303 encounters in October – that number doesn’t include the “got-aways” who run from agents and are not caught.

Hey, where’s Kamala? Oh, never mind. She was busy shopping in Paris for pots and pans while she gave advice on the border crisis developing between Poland and Belarus to Europeans. I know. You can’t make this stuff up.