In April, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced his plan to bring illegal immigrants released by the Biden administration into D, telling White House officials, “If they don’t come to the border, I will take the border.” to them.”
Arizona followed suit and to be honest I was skeptical. Stunts are of course a natural part of politics, so there’s nothing wrong with that, but I didn’t think the numbers were big enough to get anyone’s attention.
The anti-enforcement crowd was more scathing, deriding what they saw as the hilarious obstinacy of Republican cave governors. Then-White House press secretary Jen Psaki scoffed, “It’s nice that the state of Texas is helping them get to their ultimate destination.” The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank said the bus rides were “a bust,” which “Had no impact on President Biden, or on that administration, or even on local authorities.” And the New York Times crowed that “Texas’ transport of migrants to DC has not yet had the effect Abbott intended.”
Well it is now!
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser this week asked the National Guard to help her city deal with the “humanitarian crisis” caused by the arrival of so many illegal frontiers. In her letter to the Department of Defense, she said the arrival of 4,000 people from the south-west border over the past three months had “overwhelmed” her ability to respond.
Wow, 4,000 illegals you say? Over three months?
It turns out that the Texas Border Patrol arrested more than 4,000 frontier workers in June every day.
The small border towns that have had to deal with the more than 1 million illegal immigrants the Biden administration has released into the United States since January 2021 don’t have nearly the resources of Washington, DC (or New York, where Mayor Adams is also complained). although the buses only go to DC). In the Texas border town of Del Rio, for example, which has a population of 35,000, a shanty town with around 15,000 illegal immigrants from Haiti sprung up almost overnight last fall. Yuma, Arizona, declared a state of emergency in December as 1,000 frontier workers turned up a day.
Really, what are Washington and New York complaining about? In addition, both cities advertise as havens for illegal immigrants and impede the enforcement of federal laws. But even a taste of what border communities were dealing with during the Biden border crisis makes them squeak.
Current White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked about the National Guard request by Mayor Bowser, and her predecessor’s sneer was noticeably absent. She told Fox News’ Peter Doocy that bus operations in Texas and Arizona were “shameful” and “just plain wrong” and “a political ploy”. She dodged Doocy’s follow-up: “Does any of this just want to say to the presidents, ‘This is causing a lot of stress on small towns, big cities, maybe I should just close the border’?”
Of course not.
HL Menken wrote, “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.” Sanctuary cities also get what they want – good and hard. As Texas Congressman Chip Roy told Tucker Carlson this week, “Cry me a frickin’ river.”
Mark Krikorian is Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies.