House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) appears poised to press forward on her progressive plan to grant citizenship to many undocumented immigrants.
A worsening problem
Of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants currently residing in America, a pair of Democratic-backed bills could grant amnesty to half of them, according to reports.
It seems clear that these proposals are motivated by the need for some sort of action in response to the wave of migrants overwhelming the southern border. Since Democrats would never support mass deportation, many apparently see amnesty as their only option.
President Joe Biden has faced criticism during his first two months in office for rolling back his predecessor’s strict immigration policies, thus encouraging thousands of immigrants — including unaccompanied minors — to illegally cross the border into America.
His administration is facing further backlash from the left for reopening child detention camps after progressives spent years attacking former President Donald Trump for keeping “kids in cages.”
Health concerns have also increased in response to some estimates placing the rate of COVID-19 infection among undocumented immigrants as high as 25% and evidence that they are not being widely tested for the pandemic virus.
A flawed solution
The president’s actions are being blamed for potentially sparking a resurgence in coronavirus cases as immigrants are entering communities across the U.S.
In Texas, where authorities loosened COVID-19 restrictions after effectively reducing the infection rate, officials are now dealing with thousands of untested migrants.
Pelosi and other progressives on Capitol Hill are looking at amnesty as a solution to the deepening crisis, but critics contend that such an approach will simply encourage more immigrants to come to the U.S. illegally.
After previously denying the existence of a crisis on the southern border, Biden finally responded to those critics during a recent interview, pleading with would-be migrants not to leave their “town or city or community” in hopes of entering the U.S. illegally.
Of course, millions of Americans believe that Biden’s promises of a softer immigration policy were the root cause of the crisis and will surely seek to hold the Democratic Party accountable in next year’s midterm elections.