As President Biden visits the crisis-stricken border for the first time in his presidency, it’s clear that his new immigration policy is causing controversy and may face legal challenges.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has spoken out against the legality of the policy, stating that the White House may face an uphill battle in implementing the program.
In addition to extending Title 42, which allows officials to rapidly expel migrants, President Biden also announced that he is offering a legal pathway for up to 30,000 migrants a month from Cuba, Nicaragua, Haiti, and Venezuela. However, migrants who cross into the U.S. illegally are exempt from the program.
This move has been met with outrage from Republican lawmakers and border communities. President Biden has defended the policy, stating that Republicans “haven’t been serious about this at all,” and that he had to “operate within” the current law.
But here’s the thing: the President is not above the law. The Constitution clearly outlines a system of checks and balances, with each branch of government having its own powers. By bypassing Congress and implementing his own policies, President Biden is acting as a dictator, not a president.
The effects of the border crisis are far-reaching, with each migrant processed taking manpower away from CBP agents who are fighting drug cartels pushing the deadly drug fentanyl into the U.S. and destroying millions of American families in the process. As former U.S. Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott points out, “That’s about an hour, a man hour minimum of processing.
And that’s not about any type of transport or anything else. That’s just about an hour in front of a computer processing that individual that literally wipes out all the Border Patrol agents on the line.”
It’s time for President Biden to stop acting like a dictator and start following the rules. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on the legality of Title 42 on March 1st, and it’s up to the judicial branch to hold the executive branch accountable. We can only hope that justice will be served and the President will be forced to operate within the confines of the Constitution.