The Biden Administration's Dangerous Immigration Policy | Opinion

In the first seven months of the Biden presidency more than 1 million people have been stopped crossing our southern border, and a substantial number of additional people have entered illegally without being noticed officially by the federal government.

The flood of people crossing illegally is growing. The recorded number (not counting those who avoided all contact with the government) entering the United States has grown every month from January to July. If that number keeps growing, there will be more than 2 million people entering the United States illegally this year.

What makes this increase so sobering is that, historically, illegal immigration drops in the summer, when crossing the desert is deadly. President Joe Biden's smile is apparently overcoming the heat.

In January, 78,442 people came into the country illegally. This is roughly the population of New Rochelle, New York.

In February, 101,095 people crossed—the population of San Angelo, Texas.

In March, 173,265 people crossed—the population of Salem, Oregon.

In April, 178,850 people crossed—the population of Newport News, Virginia.

In May, 180,641 people crossed—the population of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

In June, 188,829 people crossed—the population of Knoxville, Tennessee.

In July, 210,000 people crossed—the population of Birmingham, Alabama.

Watching television coverage of people crossing into the United States illegally at our southern border, I began to wonder, "where are they going?"

Texas border wall section
LA JOYA, TEXAS - JULY 01: An unfinished section of border wall is seen on July 01, 2021 in La Joya, Texas. Recently, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has pledged to build a state-funded border wall as a surge of mostly Central American immigrants crossing into the United States continues to challenge U.S. immigration agencies. So far in 2021, the border patrol has apprehended more than 900,000 immigrants crossing into the U.S. from Mexico. Brandon Bell/Getty Images

I was shocked to learn that the Biden administration refuses to tell state and city officials how many of the people detained at the border are being released into the U.S.—and who they are. Apparently, they just get put on airplanes, buses and trains, and go off into America.

Why is this a problem? First, we are learning that a substantial number of those who crossed the border illegally have COVID-19. McAllen, Texas, had to declare a state of emergency when 7,000 infected immigrants arrived. So, the Biden government could send people with COVID-19 to your neighborhood and then refuse to tell you that it has put you at risk.

Second, some illegal immigrants have gang connections, including members of the famous MS-13 gang. Keep in mind, a 2020 Department of Justice report found that 74 percent of the MS-13 defendants in custody were here illegally. Under the wide-open Biden policy, we don't know who is or is not being released into the U.S.

At a time of pandemic, rising violent crime and confusion in and around our schools, it is legitimate to ask what is happening to the thousands and thousands of people flooding in illegally. Americans know this is dangerous. In one poll, 90 percent of respondents indicated they want every illegal immigrant tested for COVID-19.

The threat of COVID-19 infection is not merely hypothetical. In McAllen, the federal government has buses running every 30 minutes bringing people who crossed illegally from the border and dumping them at the bus station, so they can move on to anywhere in America with no supervision.

According to Valley Central, Hidalgo County judge Richard Cortez said, "Now we're seeing that they're coming in with a high infection for COVID, and there's no room for them anymore." Cortez also said the infection rate for migrants was a shocking 16 percent.

Since everything is secret, we really don't know who is paying for housing, food, medical care or schooling. What we do know is that the amount being spent is going to rise dramatically.

The Biden approach of controlling Americans with masks, vaccinations, COVID-19 passports and lockdowns, while allowing more than 1 million people this year enter America illegally, is unsustainable.

Every senator, congressman, governor, state legislator and city, county and school board official should be demanding detailed information about any person who entered the country illegally being sent into their communities.

Until we find out where the Biden flood is going, we are all at risk.

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