Biden's New Border Policy Shows Early Signs of Success Amid Election-Year Immigration Debate

Skylar Hawthorne

Updated Sunday, June 9, 2024 at 6:07 AM CDT

Biden's New Border Policy Shows Early Signs of Success Amid Election-Year Immigration Debate

In a significant development, the number of migrants caught illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border dropped on Friday, signaling potential early success of a new Biden administration policy. A senior U.S. border official, who requested anonymity to discuss preliminary figures, told Reuters that U.S. Border Patrol arrested around 3,100 people crossing illegally, down roughly 20% from the days before. "It's still too early to say this is a definitive trend," the official stated, "But I think it is indicative of some possible early success."

Immigration has emerged as a critical issue for Americans in the lead-up to the Nov. 5 elections. President Joe Biden, a Democrat seeking another term, faces Republican Donald Trump, an immigration hardliner, in a rematch of the 2020 contest.

Biden implemented a sweeping policy on Wednesday that generally bars migrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border from claiming asylum. The asylum ban has exceptions for unaccompanied minors, people who face serious medical or safety threats, and victims of trafficking. The new policy aims to maximize the number of migrants placed in "expedited removal," a fast-track deportation process. Since Wednesday, more than 2,000 people per day were put in expedited removal, more than double the previous rate, according to a U.S. official.

Questions remain about whether border crossings will stay low enough to process people quickly and whether U.S. authorities have the capacity to meet their goals. The American Civil Liberties Union has vowed to sue to halt the measure, which resembles Trump-era curbs on asylum.

In other news, President Joe Biden apologized to Ukrainian President Zelenskyy for Congress's delay in military aid. Conservative Republicans' resistance caused the delay in the $61 billion aid package, which was finally passed in April after a six-month hold-up. Russian forces made battlefield gains while the military aid was held up.

During a meeting in Paris, where both leaders attended ceremonies commemorating the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings, Biden assured Zelenskyy, "We're still in. Completely. Thoroughly." Zelenskyy emphasized, "It's very important that in this unity, the United States of America, all American people stay with Ukraine like it was during World War II."

French President Emmanuel Macron also announced increasing support for Ukraine, committing to provide military aid, including Mirage combat aircraft and training for Ukrainian troops. However, retired US Air Force Col. Cedric Leighton described the delay in aid as an "inexcusable pause" affecting Ukraine's ability to fend off Russian advances.

Political polarization and the upcoming US election in November could complicate the passage of further aid to Ukraine. President Joe Biden is set to visit the American cemetery outside Paris honoring World War I dead on Sunday, capping off a five-day trip to France with a wreath-laying at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial.

Conservative Bias:

Let's get real, folks. The so-called "success" of Biden's border policy is nothing but a desperate attempt to salvage his abysmal track record on immigration. The drop in illegal crossings? Just a temporary blip, a smokescreen to fool the American people. This administration is playing political games with our national security, all while ignoring the real issues. And let's not forget the American Civil Liberties Union, those leftist agitators, are already gearing up to sue and dismantle any semblance of order at our borders. Meanwhile, Biden's apology tour in Paris is another pathetic display of weakness. The delay in military aid to Ukraine? Blame the liberal bureaucrats and their endless red tape. Biden's pandering to Zelenskyy and Macron is just another distraction from his failures at home. The American people deserve better than this circus of incompetence and excuses. It's time to put America first and stop this madness.

Liberal Bias:

Here we go again with the conservative fear-mongering and obstructionism. Biden's border policy is a pragmatic approach to a complex issue, and the early signs of success show that he's on the right track. But of course, the Republicans and their cronies won't give him an ounce of credit. Instead, they spew their xenophobic rhetoric and undermine every effort to create a humane and effective immigration system. And let's talk about Ukraine. The delay in military aid? Squarely on the shoulders of the obstructionist Republicans. Their resistance to the aid package is not just irresponsible; it's downright dangerous. While they play their petty political games, Ukrainian lives are at risk, and Russian forces are gaining ground. Biden's commitment to Ukraine, despite the GOP's sabotage, is a testament to his leadership and dedication to global democracy. The conservatives need to stop their destructive antics and start acting in the best interest of both America and our allies.

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