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Our Immigration System Is Floundering

Republicans are taking charge to fix it.

Nick Miroff is the immigration reporter for the Washington Post who has recently written a number of reports about the crisis at the border. Today, Andrew Sullivan released a lengthy interview with Miroff in which they discuss the immigration system as it exists and how it has developed over the past few years in particular.

What’s noteworthy about the interview is how free it is of the usual partisan cant and intentional obfuscation that often surrounds this issue. Sullivan and Miroff don’t leave out the parts of this story that fail to serve the existing narrative. For instance, it’s relatively rare these days that you’ll hear a reporter saying what seems obvious: The current surge has a lot to do with perceptions about the Biden administration’s changing stance on immigration.

“Any presidential transition is a time of very great sensitivity at the border when people have a perception that something has changed,” Miroff said. He continued, “We saw that when Trump got in, the number of border crossings plummeted in those first few months even though he had barely done anything, just based on the perception that he was going to be tough. And then once people realized that nothing had really changed the numbers began to go up again.

“The opposite has happened with Biden. He came in, he made a bunch of moves that I think reinforced the perception that things were open. The coyotes, the smugglers were telling people there’s been a big change, Trump is gone, things are open now. All of it has combined into a kind of perfect storm that they are going to have a very hard time getting under control.”

Another simple truth that comes through in this exchange is that the recent shift to large numbers of unaccompanied minors and families is not simply because of factors pushing people out of Central American, in fact part of the reason is that a judge in California issued a ruling that changed the incentives.

“The big change came in 2015…when a judge in California determined it applied not only to unaccompanied minors but to children arriving with parents…So it meant that if you were an adult arriving with a child you would be virtually assured you’d be able to avoid detention and a quick deportation,” Miroff said.

“So it kind of encouraged people to come with their kids,” Sullivan said.

Miroff added, “And that was reinforced by a pricing scheme in Central America, offered by smugglers, which was that it would be cheaper to go to the United States with a child than as a single adult.

“And why? Well, that’s because if you are trying to go to the United States as a single adult, say to get to Houston then there would be one price because they would have to sneak you over the border past the border patrol and deliver you to Houston. But if you’re arriving with a child, if you’re traveling with a child you merely have to arrive at the border and surrender to the border patrol and you’d be assured to be released. So there was a built in financial incentive for this.”

There’s a long section about midway into the discussion about the development of the asylum system itself and how it is currently being misused by people, most of whom do not qualify because they aren’t facing the kind of government persecution back home the system was intended to prevent.

“You see what looks to me like a slightly expedited form of economic migration,” Sullivan said. And here again, this is one of those issues that national media reports often seem to gloss over, i.e. are the people claiming asylum by the hundreds actually eligible or are they trying to game the system? In this next clip, Miroff points out that Central America is not an undifferentiated place of violence. Many of the people coming are coming because they and their kids could have a better life here, not because they are in danger of persecution.

And once you get in, however you get in, your chances of being asked to leave are tiny. This comes from earlier in the discussion but logically this is the endgame. Once you make it to the interior of the U.S. you have about a 95% chance of never having to leave. In fact, we’re to the point now where progressive cities have made it illegal to even hold people who’ve been arrested for serious crimes so they can be deported. That’s what the sanctuary city policies are about. So it’s really no wonder that we’re facing a huge wave of migrants every couple years. They know better than many Americans do that the system is broken and that once you’re in, you’re probably in for good.

Sources: HotAir: Andrew Sullivan interviews reporter Nick Miroff about our broken immigration system

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Written by Joshua Jackson


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  1. Enjoy while y’all can stupid illegals…when Pres Trump comes back(and he will) as the rightful Pres, y’all gonna get ur azzez booted back…hahahahaha…

    Then Pres Trump will get the immigration re4m he tried 4 but was blockt by his own party; and leftist judges, the end of automatic US brth citizenship (it drives pregnant illegals n droves)…

    He tried 2 end the ridic policy of 1 ft nside the US and they automatically get an asylum hrng….shuda nded like yesterday!!

    Immediately return any1 who illegally crosses the brdr…

    Return ALL unaccompanied minors as fast as they come n…

    All asylum seekers must apply 4 asylum n their own countries…like millions w8in’ 2 immigr8 legally do…no xceptions…


    All of these changes will halt illegal nvasion, human traffickin’, and drug smugglin’ n it’s tracks!!


  2. The border floundering It is a disaster created by B & H LLC doing business as The Biggest Morons We have murders terrorists disease wuhan virus sex slave traders This is what that less than zero Biden He made the most true statement he has ever said He said the world is laughing at us He doesn’t realize just how bad we look right now I talk with people from countries all over the world and they all ask what has happened to the US The demwits need to take a very long look at themselves in the mirror and decide what country are you for No bullshit twisting your way out of it If you can’t say or will not say I believe you should leave on the first boat It is time for the people to start judging the government not them judging us for their own agenda We refuse to be part of your treasonist acts toward our country not yours

  3. The GOP and DNC, both communists, want the country to be flooded by illegal aliens. The GOP, if they were really opposed to it, would do all kinds of stalling tactics. Also, they would’ve made sure the charges of Election Fraud in the 2020 elections got a good hearing and adequate consideration. But they didn’t. it’s all a ruse, and the grand scheme is to turn the U.S. into a communist country and void the U.S. Constitution, which SCOTUS already has.

  4. We need to get these crooked Democrats out of office before we are sold to China I charge them with murder with all the people that passed because of their COVID and Biden kisses their blank well American people we need to take back our Country get rid of the Illegal people that are here and get rid of the Democrats the Illegal need to go back across the border. Also Biden said more jobs what a joke when the first thing he did was close the pipe line down and put people out of work. We don’t want communist in our Country and as long as Binden and Pelosi and the rest of the goons are in office we are headed for communist because they stand for Communist so lets get rid of them out of office now before we don’t have a Country that has been fought for. They want to take our Guns and give to the bad. Another thing MLB stinks Coco Cola and Delta air lines also stink boy cot them Atlanta diserves the All Star Game I vote for the ID in voting so Democrats can’t cheat again that is the reason they want people to vote with out ID because they want the Illegal to vote.

  5. Who said democraps were transparent? Heck it’s like tryin to look thru a brick wall of political bull hocky. China doesn’t want America’s goods. ,why? Cause America goods work!!! They want crappy ccp goods so they can keep makin em crappy to keep there workers at labor and not beeacthin about no work . ccp ethics no quality more work = harbor freight, walmart, dollar store crappy goodies and like the broke arss penny pinching folks we are we buy the crappy knockoffs. America doesn’t have crappy made products cause America doesn’t want to work for less than 15 bucks an hour . no money no honey America’s certain workers ethics. Bunch of libtards I’d rather work 3 -10 buck an hour jobs if I had to make ends meet. Clunker biden what spoiled turd excuse for a presidents son but then he WAS taught what to do by his DILLBERT dolittle dad . must be groomin him for a political democrap position. The Biden’s ethics, before we STUNK we STANK now we STINK of royal democrappieness. Short live the rancid bidens !!! Let loose the impeachment hounds, go patriots!!! We’ll that was a good rant !

  6. Send ALL the ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS to the BLUE states . . . It’s THEIR Problem! Just PICK one . . . One Enlightened Patriot. Team Trump And His Allies 2020 – MAGA (WE’RE NOT going away!).

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