Former President Donald Trump’s top priority upon entering office in 2017 was to secure the southern U.S. border. Without wasting any time, that’s exactly what he did and America became a safer place virtually overnight.
Fast-forwarding to the present, and it’s clear that President Joe Biden is taking the complete opposite approach, seemingly opening the border as wide as possible, which will undoubtedly bring American back to Obama-era level of illegal immigrant influx, if not worse.
According to the Washington Examiner, the Biden administration is already preparing to accommodate the expected mass influx of immigrants, as the Customs and Border Protection recently signed a lease with city officials in Donna, Texas to build a series of “soft-sided facilities” that will be used to house hundreds of migrants.
Border officials expect the project to be completed by the end of the month, which will end up being a staggering 160,000-square-foot space when it’s all said and done.
Reportedly, the tent facilities will be used to process “unaccompanied alien children,” according to the Border Report.
“Since April, CBP has seen a steady increase of UACs from the Western Hemisphere due to the worsening economic conditions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, CBP is constructing temporary soft-side facilities in Donna,” border officials said.
In addition to being built to withstand the sometimes brutal weather conditions at the southern U.S. border, the tent facilities will have massive cooling systems installed. The facilities will also have the usual accommodations like restrooms, dining areas, bedrooms and hallways.
It should be noted that the tent facilities are meant to be a temporary solution while a dedicated building is currently being renovated to handle the influx.
Until Biden signed an executive order that eliminated the option, just a few weeks ago, CBP officials were able to release immigrants back to Mexico without going through the process of detaining them, which obviously made for a much smoother process, not to mention a significantly decreased cost and use of resources.
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But now, families who are caught coming across the border illegally who have children aged 12 or under are no longer allowed to be immediately sent back to Mexico. Instead, they’ll be processed through the system and housed at a facility until the next steps are determined in their particular cases.
Though there hasn’t been an exact number released on how much taxpayers will be paying for the tent facilities, a three-month estimate at base cost tagged the operating expenses at $18.2 million, but that reportedly doesn’t take into account the extra precautions that will be necessary due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the foreseeable future, it appears as if America has taken a giant step backward as far as controlling a once-wildly out of control immigration problem.
ARTICLE SOURCE: thefederalistpapers.org