Biden’s Border Blowup

Some 8 to 10 million illegal aliens from all over the world, as expected, have flooded across the border since Joe Biden took office.

A demagogic candidate Biden, remember, in 2019 invited those massing at the southern border to “surge” into the United States without specifying they first needed legal sanction: “We immediately surge to the border all those seeking asylum.”

In contrast, we know legal immigration is America’s great strength, but it has always depended on a few key prerequisites.

Immigration must be legal and measured.

Why? Because only the host nation can adjudicate how many immigrants it can successfully accept and assimilate. It has no desire to encourage Balkanized tribalism so common in nations abroad torn apart by ethnic conflict.

America must have some knowledge of the background of immigrants, especially whether they have criminal records, belong to gangs, are importing drugs, carry infectious diseases, or can be self-supporting.

By contrast, if the first thing immigrants do is illegally cross the American border, and the second is to reside illegally in America, and the third is to obtain fraudulent identification to mask that illegality, then they will establish long patterns of illegal behavior and disrespect for their hosts.

In addition, immigration should be diverse so that large ethnic groups do not form permanent tribal sects in the fashion of the Balkans, the Middle East, or Latin America.

Ideally, the host should prefer immigrants who have some knowledge of the language and customs of the United States. And they should have some ability to be self-supporting so as not to burden American taxpayers or overtax and deprive social services from poorer U.S. citizens.

As for the host?

America must be confident enough in and knowledgeable enough about its values, customs, and traditions to demand immigrants integrate rapidly into the body politic of the United States.

Both the host and immigrants must agree on the basic facts of immigration.

Immigrants, not the host, have chosen to leave their native land to risk a new life and identity in America.

Therefore, the relationship is, by nature, asymmetrical. The host has a perfect right, indeed a responsibility, to impose its own values upon newcomers—not vice versa.

Otherwise, if immigrants do not absorb their newly adopted culture, why would they have left and, in some sense, rejected their homeland in the first place?

To replicate in the United States the very conditions and environment that they so eagerly fled from back home?

So the host must remind immigrants that they chose a completely different paradigm from their native country. And therefore, they must be helped to embrace an entirely new national identity.

Unfortunately, in the last four years, the Biden administration has violated every historical canon critical to ensuring legal immigration enriches the United States.

They have encouraged 8-10 million of the world’s poorest to flood the border and to enter and reside in America without legal sanction.

Most have no prior experience with American traditions, and few speak English.

Host Americans have no idea whether hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands of the millions entering illegally have committed crimes in their native countries, or have any record of employment, or are sick, or are here to foment gangs and to import lethal, foreign-made drugs that kill some 100,000 Americans a year.

Worse, we, the hosts, no longer believe in the melting pot that once made America the world’s only successful multiracial democracy, united by the laws of the Constitution and the unique values that emanate from it.

The combination of mass illegal immigration, without audit, into a country beset with $35 trillion in national debt, an existing 50 million residents not born in the United States, and without confidence in rapid assimilation certainly explains the disaster of illegal immigration that now manifests daily.

Joe Biden may think nullifying federal immigration law is a smart political trick that, in the past, may have flipped southwestern states from red to blue or warped the census to give blue states more congressional districts.

Or he may assume that with 70 percent of the electorate now voting through poorly audited mail-in balloting, there is no real way to prevent foreign nationals from voting for those who neutered the law to let them in.

But in truth, Biden is unfortunately undermining support for all immigration, legal or otherwise. He is guaranteeing that more imported drugs and gang members will kill more Americans.

Ironically, Biden is also alienating from the Democratic Party its once loyal black and Latino voters. They, not the party elite, must deal concretely with the consequences of Biden’s callous and cynical, ideologically driven policies.

Perhaps the left will only cease destroying immigration law when it realizes that for each illegal alien it invites in, it will lose one or more once loyal Democratic voters.

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About Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson is a distinguished fellow of the Center for American Greatness and the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He is an American military historian, columnist, a former classics professor, and scholar of ancient warfare. He has been a visiting professor at Hillsdale College since 2004, and is the 2023 Giles O'Malley Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy, Pepperdine University. Hanson was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2007 by President George W. Bush, and the Bradley Prize in 2008. Hanson is also a farmer (growing almonds on a family farm in Selma, California) and a critic of social trends related to farming and agrarianism. He is the author of the just released New York Times best seller, The End of Everything: How Wars Descend into Annihilation, published by Basic Books on May 7, 2024, as well as the recent  The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won, The Case for Trump, and The Dying Citizen.

Photo: CIUDAD JUAREZ, MEXICO - MARCH 20: Hundreds of migrants set up camp on the Rio Grande, waiting for Texas National Guard agents to let them enter the border wall in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on March 20, 2024. In the improvised camp there are infants and women, who sleep a few meters from gate 36 with the hope of being able to pass the knife fence. (Photo by Christian Torres/Anadolu via Getty Images)

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  1. I scan roughly two dozen conservative web sites daily, and read articles from about half of them. At least as of this morning, none of them have contemplated that no matter how many voters–or what demographic–that Biden alienates, the only thing that will matter in November is how many counted votes Biden receives.

    The border crisis is long-term insurance for the Democrat Party. It is a guarantee that Democrats will foreclose Republicans (and especially conservatives) from ever being in political power again. And it is so important to Democrat fortunes that they will do anything to keep the White House come November.

    Which leaves only three options–assuming Biden does not drop out or drop dead before November:

    First, cheat with reckless abandon in November and deal with the backlash.

    The more Trump rises in the polls–and statistically above the margin of error–the less likely this option. Although, the success of the DOJ and FBI in the political persecution of J6 patriots leads me to believe the Biden administration is drunk with power and willing to risk the potential backlash from a transparently stolen election.

    Two, endure one more Trump term all the while making life as miserable for him, his cabinet, his appointees and his supporters as possible, by making this country ungovernable (the 2020 summer of love would seem like the good ole days by comparison), and flooding the courts with a tsunami of lawsuits meant to stymie anything Trump does.

    My hunch is this may be what Democrat partisans are preparing for.

    Or three, remove Trump by any means possible, which would include the unthinkable JFK option.

    This one depends on whether the Deep State–and its allies in the Five Eyes–is willing to take such a risk.

    No one knows if this is on the table or a even serious consideration. But I would not rule it out.

  2. There is a forth option which I failed to address, but which is quite possible. Rig the election so that no one receives 271 electoral votes. In such an instance, this would flip the choice of president to the House.

    With Republican House members conveniently and oh-so-coincidentally retiring before elections in November, it appears this option may be the needle Democrats thread to avert the appearance of outright stealing the election.

  3. There are a couple of interesting cases going to SCOTUS - one is the Chevron case. This will greatly impact the Deep State if SCOTUS rules wisely. I’m sure you’ve read about it but it will effect how much the administration can impact rules and regulations. It will have a major impact on the federal govt - providing Roberts puts his smart hat on that day.

  4. Even if Trump, on Day One, managed to completely shut the border, the damage has already been done. The three year+ Biden strategy of bringing in illegals by the millions will add some 20 Congressional seats in predominately Democrat states when the 2030 Census is done.

    To offset this, it will take Republican majorities in both House and Senate to craft and successfully pass a Bill that changes apportionment based on the census count by not allowing non-citizens to be counted for apportionment. AND then, it would still face SCOTUS scrutiny—which even in a conservative dominated court would be iffy.

    IOWs, it is doubtful any corrections will be made. The Dem strategy will be successful and the march to single Party governance will have been accomplished.

    I hate saying this, but facing reality is a component of maturity. In the meantime, I still expect an economic collapse to happen which will make EVERY other financial debacle look like a walk in the park. I have no idea how the nation will survive.

    Watching Democrats defend the Biden Crime family yesterday demonstrates to me that there is not a single elected individual on the Democrat side willing to embrace justice over power. It is as simple as that. Republicans, hiding behind Marquis de Queensbury rules, do not have the stones to do what is necessary.

  5. I would agree a favorable ruling in the Chevron case could deal a blow to the regulatory agencies i.e. EPA, Transportation Dept. DOE, etc. However, I doubt it would impact the IC community as their realm of power is derived not from regulatory fiat, but law enforcement and national security concerns.

    And as you know, all the IC has to do is wave the bloody flag of “national security” and a thick wet blanket is tossed over everything and everyone. Its the ultimate get-out-of-jail-free card.

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