Thanks to a combination of things – the Trump administration’s crackdown, assistance from the Mexican government, and ordinary seasonal changes – we aren’t hearing recent news about caravans at the border or huge swaths of asylum-seeking migrants trying to get into the United States. But that doesn’t mean the crisis is over – not by a long shot. While we can take solace in the Supreme Court’s new decision upholding the Trump administration’s Remain in Mexico policy, the fact is that the horse has already left the barn. Our border containment resources are stretched to the breaking point, and previous surges could leave officials scrambling for years to catch up.
According to ICE Acting Director Matt Albence, two years’ worth of border surges have added an astounding 900,000 cases to the agency’s workload, pushing the docket well beyond capacity to a total number of cases numbering beyond 3 million. In testimony before the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, Albence said that without additional manpower and resources, it will take ICE 140 years to remove all the illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. since 2017.
“We arrested about 2,500 non-criminal fugitives last year. If we do that, based on just the numbers that came in the last two years, it would take us about 140 years to clear up that backlog,” Albence said.
Albence told Congress that ICE’s budget increase for fiscal year 2021 is absolutely essential as the agency will need up to 60,000 detention beds every day – a dramatic increase from the 34,000 beds needed by the Obama administration in its last two years. Currently, Congress has only appropriated some 45,000 beds for ICE’s purposes, leaving the federal government drastically underprepared for this ongoing crisis.
“Without additional resources to actually effectuate a judge’s removal orders, we will have an immigration enforcement and court system in which billions of dollars a year are spent to obtain orders, that are not worth the paper they are written on,” Albence lamented.
Unfortunately, Democrats control the House Appropriations Committee, and they are eager to force deportation forces into such strain that it becomes impossible to enforce removal orders. They WANT the system to be broken beyond repair, because that’s the only path through which a subsequent Democratic majority/president can pass widespread amnesty. If there’s no crisis, there’s no pressure to “solve” that crisis through the terrific left-wing strategy of, Eh, they’re already here, we might as well let them stay.
At a time when medical experts are nervously commenting on the capacity of the U.S. health care system to handle a dramatic spike in coronavirus illnesses, it’s infuriating to realize how much of that strain will be caused by people who shouldn’t be in this country to begin with.