Despite ongoing threats of caravans with millions of migrants seeking to enter the United States illegally across the southern border, President Biden on Thursday, Feb. 11, withdrew the national border emergency declaration.
Former President Trump established the emergency declaration in 2019 to reduce migration and redirect federal funds for border wall construction.
In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Biden announced the end of the border emergency declaration. “I have determined that the declaration of a national emergency at our southern border was unwarranted.”
The letter did not specify where unspent funds already appropriated for border wall construction will go. It was also not entirely clear whether or not the president will continue with its construction, but it is speculated that he will not do so. On other occasions, although without arguments, he has criticized the measure.
“I hereby report to the Congress that the national emergency declared by Proclamation 9844 and continued on February 13, 2020, and January 15, 2021, is terminated and that the authorities invoked in that proclamation will no longer be used to construct a wall at the southern border.”
With these words, Biden put an end to the Trump era’s last effort to ensure a fair and controlled system of immigration in the United States.
Biden had already ordered his officials to at least momentarily stop building the border wall with the money received through emergency funds, mostly from the Pentagon, which helped build 450 miles of the border wall.
Even without being completed, it had excellent results in terms of controlling illegal immigrants who historically filtered with extreme ease in the areas where today there is a wall that prevents it.
Those advocates of uncontrolled immigration are now calling on Biden also to eliminate the regulation imposed by Trump last March, known as “Title 42.”
Title 42 allowed Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to expel illegal aliens arrested at the border on the grounds of a health emergency due to the CCP virus.
Fifty Republican lawmakers signed a letter on Feb. 9 addressed to the U.S. president warning that the Trump administration’s Title 42 policy is the only policy that currently ensures that the southern border does not immediately collapse.
Last January 16, less than a month ago, then-President Trump signed the extension of the border emergency, considering the threat of a large caravan of Central American migrants heading to the U.S.–Mexico border area.
President Trump’s action was in response to the promises pronounced by Joe Biden on removing the wall built on the southern border and the easing of immigration policies.
“The ongoing border security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border of the United States continues to threaten our national security, including by exacerbating the effect of the pandemic caused by COVID-19. But further action is needed to address the humanitarian crisis and to control unlawful migration and the flow of narcotics and criminals across the southern border of the United States,” Trump said in the announcement, showing his concern for the delicate situation at the southern border that Biden chooses to ignore.
Former President Trump decided to extend the emergency as caravans were beginning in Honduras, which several Twitter users published informing the former president about the dangerous situation:
Caravan from Honduras busting through Guatemala Border in route to the USApic.twitter.com/ZSdFqGLzxb
— Drew Hernandez (@DrewHLive) January 16, 2021
As part of his demagogic announcements, Joe Biden promised amnesty to immigrants and is quickly fulfilling his promises of flexibility in immigration policies. Now the United States must face a situation that can be chaotic, and Biden must take responsibility.