• May 16, 2022
 Op-Ed: Enforcing America’s laws at the border is not ‘pointless’

Op-Ed: Enforcing America’s laws at the border is not ‘pointless’

Last Thursday (4/8)  Congresswoman Escobar and Ruben Garcia from Annunciation House made two statements that need to be challenged.

Mr. Garcia indicated that he had spoken to one man who crossed illegally who indicated he’d tried several times to enter our country illegally and finally succeeded. From this one conversation Garcia further states: “If we’re under the illusion that that family then said, oh ok let me go back to my country; that’s not happening,”

Why is this happening? It is happening because of the Biden messaging that there are no consequences if one enters our country illegally and organizations similar to Garcia’s which encourage illegal immigration.

Mr. Garcia, are we supposed to then throw up our arms in defeat? Give up on law and order and say go ahead enter our country illegally?

The answer is absolutely, emphatically no. I, along with millions of Americans do not believe enforcing our laws at the border is pointless as Garcia would like for us to believe.

There’s quite a different story when our laws are being enforced at the border and that message is made clear as evidenced by an article published July 2019 in which Javier Calvillo, director of Casa del Migrante in Juarez, said: “The people want to go back to their places of origin . . . go back to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.” These were individuals who expressed frustration that gaining entry in the U.S. was a challenge under President Trump’s enforcement of our laws to secure our border.

In what seemed to be an effort on the part of Congresswoman Escobar to minimize the border crisis, she stated that the numbers being reported by CBP were misleading. She was quick to state that 42% of those apprehended had attempted to enter multiple times.

What she neglected to state was prior to the pandemic only 7% of people arrested at the border had crossed more than once. President Trump’s policies were solid, clear and worked. The drastic uptick in numbers resulted from Biden’s administration rescinding Trump’s policies without plans of their own to deal with a crisis which was imminent.

Despite all the critics’ hysteria regarding Title 42, Mayorkas recently stated that the Biden administration is relying heavily on Title 42 to deport illegal immigrants encountered at the border and President Biden stated he is not going to lift the restrictions under Title 42 (American Immigration Council).

The Biden administration is also considering construction on the southern wall. Mayorkas stated that would include “gaps,” “gates” and areas “where the wall has been completed but the technology has not been implemented.” Could it be that both men have realized that great policies are hard to replace?

In an interview with Salon Escobar stated of lawmakers that supported Trump’s immigration policies to be “just among the most
reprehensible, abhorrent people. . .” Rather than criticize the policies, she condemns the individuals.

How would she describe Mayorkas and others in the Biden administration now recognizing the wisdom of Trump’s policies?

Author: Barbara Carrasco

Carrasco is a local small business owner, PCT Chair #16 Republican Party, Former SREC Dist 29, and Republican Candidate for Congressional District 16, (2012)


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