The White House has been trying to downplay the crisis at the Mexican border, yet the situation is now so bad that Team Biden is actually diverting $2 billion in COVID funds there.
That’s right: The money will go for shelters for the 45,000 unaccompanied migrant children who have crossed the border this year. It includes $850 million for the Department of Health and Human Services that was meant for testing from President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion virus relief bill. And Secretary Xavier Becerra will use an additional $850 million from a fund meant to replenish emergency medical supplies nationwide and $436 million from other health programs.
That’s outrageous. Lawmakers never OK’d that money for that purpose — though such transfers are apparently legal, as long as Congress is notified.
And the crisis itself is of Biden’s own making. One day he blames President Donald Trump for the mess, the next he denies there’s any problem at all, yet as soon as he took office, Biden began undoing all the successful steps Trump took — like his Remain in Mexico policy — to maintain order at the border.
Biden’s welcoming rhetoric further encouraged waves of migrants to head for the US border. No surprise, the number of migrants crossing increased 28 percent from just January to February.
But why should taxpayers have to pony up billions more when everything was going fine under Trump? And who can forget how Democrats howled when Trump sought to use taxpayer money to discourage migrant masses; now they don’t say boo when Biden pulls such a fast one.
Not to mention all the human misery he’s caused the migrants he’s encouraged to make the perilous trip to the border.
“The president single-handedly created this crisis and is now misplacing billions in taxpayers’ money” — when he could just reinstate Trump’s protocols, notes Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) said.
The longer Biden digs in his heels, the higher the price tag for taxpayers.