Group of 77 Democrats criticize Biden handling of border crisis in letter

A group of 77 Democrat lawmakers said in a letter to President Joe Biden that they disagreed with his handling of the border crisis and illegal immigration; they want him to be even laxer in his approach to the issue.

The lawmakers wrote to Biden two days after he met with Democrat congressional leaders, and they urged him to reverse his plans to limit asylum claims and eligibility for border crossers along the U.S. southern border with Mexico.

“We believe that your administration can and must continue to expand legal pathways for migrants and refugees into the United States—without further dismantling the right to seek asylum at our border. This right is a pillar of the post-war international order to which the United States has committed itself,” the Democratic lawmakers wrote.

“Instead of issuing a new asylum transit ban and expanding Title 42, we encourage your administration to stand by your commitment to restore and protect the rights of asylum seekers and refugees,” they added.

The motivation

This radical minority wants to see as many migrants as possible enter the U.S. either legally or illegally, and then be allowed to stay in the country and become legal citizens.

One possible motivation for these views is that they believe they can add millions of Democrat voters to the rolls this way, ensuring that they win more elections going forward.

Misplaced compassion may also be a factor, even though it is not very compassionate to have overcrowded sheltering conditions and thousands of migrants sleeping on the streets of El Paso during a recent cold snap that saw near-freezing temperatures at night.

The support

On Jan. 26, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), said, “No matter how many Trump policies the Biden administration resurrects, Republicans will continue to obstruct any effort to actually reform our border processing and modernize our immigration system.”

“We recognize that the United States is experiencing a difficult migration challenge at the southern border,” he went on. “But as elected officials, we are duty-bound to propose legal solutions, one that protects asylum seekers while also securing the safe removal of migrants who have no legal claim to stay in the United States.”

Biden’s new plan would send asylum seekers from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela back to Mexico, allowing 30,000 migrants from each country to seek legal residence in the U.S. each month if they have a sponsor here in the U.S.

Mexico will also accept 30,000 per month.

“Complexity of issues”

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) said he hadn’t seen the letter or who signed it, but that he wanted to work together on “comprehensive immigration reform” (A.K.A. amnesty) and the methods for asylum.

“I haven’t seen the letter but we look forward to, as Democrats and as members of Congress, having a healthy discussion about how we deal with the complexity of issues connected to comprehensive immigration reform and making sure we have a safe, secure, and strong border,” Jeffries said on Jan. 26.

The new Biden policy may be having an effect; reports from DHS say that migrant encounters from the four countries are down 97% from record highs in December.

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