published : 2023-11-10
Biden's Border Crisis: A Call to Switch to 'Catch and Detain' Policy
To Keep Americans Safe, Biden Must Prioritize 'Catch and Detain'
In September 2019, Joe Biden expressed his commitment to addressing the issue of people seeking asylum at the border. Fast forward to his presidency, and his policies have effectively erased any semblance of a southern border, leaving America vulnerable.
The recent massacre by Hamas, which claimed the lives of over 1,400 Israeli civilians, including innocent children and 33 American citizens, serves as a stark reminder of the risks posed by Biden's reckless border policy.
The threat of terrorist cells operating within the United States is becoming increasingly likely, with Border Patrol capturing at least 169 individuals on the terrorist watchlist in 2023. San Diego's Border Control has also warned of potential obfuscation of travel through Mexico.
It is imperative that we change the current border policy, and this can be achieved through a simple executive order. Biden's 'catch and release' approach has become a magnet, resulting in over 7,047,387 illegal border crossings since FY 2020 - a number equivalent to the entire population of Virginia.
Instead of immediately releasing illegal migrants into the country, we need to adopt a 'catch and detain' policy. This approach would ensure that migrants are held until their asylum claims are properly adjudicated or until they voluntarily return to their home countries.
The previous administration's 'Remain in Mexico' policy effectively deterred illegal border crossings, as the number of foreign nationals encountered by U.S. Border Patrol decreased from 458,088 in FY 2020 to 2,475,669 in FY 2023. Additionally, an estimated 1.7 million individuals managed to evade apprehension.
However, leaving migrants in Mexico until their court date is no longer a viable option, as Mexico has stated its rejection of the policy. Furthermore, border towns controlled by Mexican drug cartels are dangerous and ill-prepared, engaging in illegal activities such as drug and human trafficking, including acts of violence and exploitation.
To address this crisis, we propose utilizing portions of America's military facilities in the southeast and southwest as temporary accommodation for illegal entrants. Bases such as Fort Liberty, Fort Polk, Fort Campbell, and Fort Cavazos can play a crucial role in securing and monitoring these individuals while their asylum claims are processed.
By continuing the military's operational support to Border Patrol, we can more effectively detain and monitor illegal entrants. It would also allow for comprehensive background checks, in addition to providing essential shelter, medical care, and educational opportunities to migrants during the adjudication process.
Importantly, unlike the shameful internment of Japanese American citizens during World War II, the individuals held in these facilities would have the option to pursue their asylum claims. Should they decide not to, they would be promptly returned to their home countries.
With nearly 9 million illegal entrants allowed into the United States in less than four years, it is crucial for President Biden to acknowledge the catastrophic danger posed by current policies and swiftly implement a domestic 'catch and detain' policy before it's too late.