Biden Says “Not Rational” to Deport Illegal Immigrants

Taking questions after a press conference on Tuesday, President Joe Biden addressed the surge of illegal immigrants during his term, calling it “not rational” to send illegal immigrants back to autocratic countries, like Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua.

Biden had been asked point blank why the border is more overwhelmed under his watch.

“There are fewer and fewer immigrants coming from Central America than from Mexico,” the president answered. “It’s a totally different circumstance.”

“What’s on my watch now is Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua, and the ability to send them
back to those states is not rational,” he went on. “We’re working with Mexico and other countries to see if we can stop the flow.”

Biden’s national security advisor, Jake Sullivan, reiterated that notion during a White House press briefing on Sept. 20.

“Now, from the U.S.’s perspective, we will step up to our responsibility to help the citizens of those three countries, but we also believe that this is a region-wide responsibility,” Sullivan said. “So what you will see in the coming weeks is an enormous amount of intensive diplomacy as we work with all of the countries of the region to do their part to help deal with the migration issues coming out of Cuba or Nicaragua and Venezuela in particular.”

Critics of this approach claim the Biden administration is overlooking the downsides to this policy.

“De facto, the U.S. government is helping the regime in Havana get rid of its discontented population by taking them in,” said Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies. “They use us as the bogeyman, and by us taking everybody who’s discontented with the regime, we end up helping them.”

Rosemary Jenks, director of government relations for NumbersUSA, pointed out that it creates a vacuum in the workforce for struggling countries when the U.S. has a lenient border policy.

“Our immigration policy has had negative effects on various countries in different ways for years and years,” said Jenks. “By bringing all of the motivated and educated and resourced people from a very poor country to the United States, that harms that country.”

Immigration reform continues to be a hot topic, as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) have thrust the issue further into the national spotlight by transporting migrants from Florida and Texas to liberal “sanctuary cities,” including Martha’s Vineyard and Washington, D.C.