Biden Receives Criticism Over Border Change

President Joe Biden received considerable criticism from members of both the Republican and Democratic Parties after he announced a plan to reduce illegal border crossings. Many Republicans argued that his effort was too little, too late, and came after millions of illegal entries.

Biden signed an order that restricted entries into the United States if there were more than 2,500 attempted crossings into the country. The order will also ease the means to remove migrants from the country.

The change in policy came after Biden promised to reserve the policies of former President Donald Trump.

Biden said in a statement that he supported a border bill that failed in Congress earlier this year.

“Frankly, I would have preferred to address this issue through bipartisan legislation,” he said. Biden argued that he hoped to hire more border patrol and judges. He blamed Republicans for the lack of a border bill.

A number of Republicans argued that the proposed bill would have still allowed thousands of migrants to enter into the country.

Despite the move, Biden received considerable criticism from both sides. Some Democrats said that his order reverted the country back to the policies of Trump.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA), Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN) and House Republican Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY) wrote that “Biden has worked to implement a failed open border agenda which created this historic humanitarian and national security catastrophe.”

“He has turned every American community into a border community and opened our country to violent criminals, terrorists, cartels and poisonous drugs,” they wrote.

Since Biden took office in 2021 there have been more than seven million estimated illegal crossings into the United States. Furthermore, last year set a new record for attempted crossings at more than three million.

This figure includes December 2023, which saw the highest monthly total on record at more than 300,000.

Many Republicans point to the Biden White House decision last year to end the Title 42 asylum policy put into place by Trump.

Following the president’s announcement Tuesday, many Republicans also argued that Biden was simply reverting to policies formerly put in place by Trump.