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Biden's Border Crisis Reaching Boiling Point

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Migrants at the border (Getty)

Jeff Crouere By Wednesday, 28 February 2024 02:25 PM EST Current | Bio | Archive

In a survey of South Carolina Republican primary voters conducted by Edison Research, 37% of voters claimed that immigration was the most important issue, followed by 33% who listed the economy as the most pressing concern.

Comparable results were uncovered in exit polls conducted in GOP presidential nomination contests in New Hampshire and Iowa. In both of those states, approximately 40% of respondents listed immigration was the top concern, followed by the economy and jobs.

Usually, during presidential election campaigns, voters cite the economy as their top issue. Flagging economies often lead to political change. In 1980, incumbent President Jimmy Carter was defeated in a landslide by GOP challenger Ronald Reagan mostly due to the horrific economy.

In 1992, the famous slogan of the Bill Clinton for President campaign was, "It's the economy, stupid." Only one year after President George H. W. Bush successfully assembled the military coalition that won the first Gulf war, Clinton handily defeated him. It happened because of the nation's poor economy.

Once again, in this election year, the economy is extremely poor. The nation is suffering from high interest rates, persistent inflation, falling real wages, and a skyrocketing national debt. Voters are properly worried about their financial future, and for millions of people realizing the American dream is impossible.

With these financial concerns, the lousy economy should be the paramount issue for Americans. People almost always "vote their pocketbook," and that should be especially true this year.

Instead, while the bad economy is of concern to voters, the open southern border and the massive influx of undocumented migrants have compelled Americans to rank immigration as the most important problem confronting the nation.

In most presidential elections, immigration is not a top concern for voters. However, the perception changed during the 2016 election as GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump focused heavily on "building the wall" and the problems of unchecked illegal immigration.

As president, Trump ended the "catch and release" policy for individuals apprehended after illegally crossing the border. He instituted "Remain in Mexico," which prevented individuals seeking asylum from crossing the border until their U.S. immigration court date.

Trump also constructed hundreds of miles of border wall, both in new areas and in sections that needed repair. As a result, during his 2020 reelection campaign, immigration was no longer a major concern for voters. Trump had made tremendous strides in fixing the problem.

Unfortunately, any progress made by Trump was undone by President Joe Biden. He issued executive orders dismantling Trump's policies, stopped construction of the border wall, and may well have encouraged undocumented migrants to cross our border.

Due to Biden's negligence, over 10.2 million noncitizen immigrants have entered the country since his inauguration. This includes individuals apprehended illegally crossing the border, those entering through official ports of entry and the estimated 1.7 million border crossers who avoided detection. These numbers are astounding and are greater than the population of 41 states.

An open border allows for the entry of drug cartel members and the distribution of illegal substances, such as cocaine and heroin mixed with fentanyl. In 2022, a disturbing new record was reached as 109,690 Americans died of drug overdoses. Of those deaths, approximately 70% were caused by fentanyl or other synthetic opioids.

Another serious consequence of unchecked illegal immigration involves our economy. These millions of new workers are undercutting wages and taking jobs away from Americans, while sending $28.8 billion annually to relatives in their home countries.

According to some Democratic Party mayors, the answer to these problems is to provide a bounty of resources for newly arriving "guests," including free housing, food, and debit cards filled with cash. Unfortunately, instead of gratitude, there have been several migrant attacks against police officers in New York City. In January, a group of violent migrants were released from jail without bail.

Finally, Americans are starting to complain about these policies. At last week's town hall meeting, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., was greeted by a heckler who yelled, "Secure the border now," and, "All you care about is illegal aliens and their votes. You don't care about your constituents."

As President Trump has been noting in recent speeches, "migrant crime" has been on the increase. It occurred again last week in Athens, Georgia.

A 22-year-old nursing student, Laken Hope Riley, left her house for a jog and never returned. She was allegedly killed by Jose Antonio Ibarra, an undocumented immigrant from Venezuela who entered the country in 2022, while the Biden administration's "catch and release" policy was in effect.

In 2023, Ibarra was arrested in Queens, New York, for "injuring a child under the age of 17." Instead of being deported, he was released. Five months later, he was charged in Riley's death.

Americans are becoming infuriated at the damage that is being willfully done to our country. This righteous anger needs to be directed toward the ballot box to fire Joe Biden, the worst president in American history. 

"Ringside Politics," airs nationally on Real America's Voice Network, Real America's Voice News weekdays at 7 a.m. CT and from 7-11 a.m. weekdays on WGSO 990-AM & Wgso.com. He's a political columnist, the author of "America's Last Chance" and provides regular commentaries on the Jeff Crouere YouTube channel as well as on Crouere.net. For more information, email him at jeff@ringsidepolitics.com. Read Reports by Jeff Crouere — More Here.

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In a survey of South Carolina Republican primary voters conducted by Edison Research, 37% of voters claimed that immigration was the most important issue, followed by 33% who listed the economy as the most pressing concern.
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