Whether you agree with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s politics or you think his lifting of COVID-19 restrictions was the result of “Neanderthal thinking,” it’s difficult to argue with his characterization of President Joe Biden’s immigration policy as “reckless open borders.”
How better might someone describe a circumstance in which the number of illegal border crossings is on track to surge past the crisis levels of 2019? Especially when an increasing number of the migrants are vulnerable, unaccompanied children.
Abbott’s comments, made Wednesday in Dallas, near the Kay Bailey Hutchison convention center, which is expected to house about 3,000 immigrant teenagers for up to 90 days as a “decompression center,” will no doubt be denounced as rank partisanship and political opportunism by a governor in desperate search of a good headline.
Maybe they were.
But to say that the current migrant surge has nothing to do with Biden’s policies and rhetoric and the hope he has given would-be immigrants ignores the reality. Biden has created an incentive structure that makes the often harrowing trip to the U.S. entirely worth the risk, even for minors traveling without their parents.
And it shows.
Abbott said that more than 11,000 minors have been apprehended crossing the border into Texas this year – a situation that will soon become a humanitarian crisis if it isn’t already, regardless of the Biden administration’s willingness to admit it.