President Biden seems to have taken to heart the biblical injunction not to let the left hand know what the right hand is doing.
When it comes to immigration on our northern and southern borders, President Biden pursues wildly different policies.
With his left hand, President Biden waves in illegal immigrants across our southern border, some without being tested for COVID-19. Simultaneously his right hand is in the “STOP” position toward Canadian and European visitors. You see, they might bring in the Delta variant of the COVID virus.
Visitors with passports, who most likely have been vaccinated, are not allowed here; however, people without papers, many testing positive for COVID, are welcomed and apparently bussed to cities all over America.
Picture the President of the United States as Traffic-Cop-in-Chief. He stops vehicles from one direction as he allows steady flow from another. It makes sense when the cop keeps cars from colliding. But it seems insane on the immigration highway where those travelers most likely to have COVID are given the green light, but people from places with high vaccine rates see red lights.
Leaders of the European Union are threatening to close their borders to Americans. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said recently “Given where we are today … with the Delta variant, we will maintain existing travel restrictions at this point.”
According to Reuters, “It means that the long-running travel restrictions that have barred much of the world’s population from the United States since 2020 will not be lifted in the short term.” This is bad for our relationship with the EU and for our economy.
On the other hand, the barrier laws that prohibit entrance without passports and COVID tests have been lifted at our southern border.
At the border city McAllen, Texas, officials declared their town a disaster because the border patrol released 7,000 migrants onto its streets. As reported by the Washington Examiner, “More than 1,500 people tested positive over the past seven days, according to a city document issued Wednesday, compared to a total of 7,000 confirmed cases over the past five months. Those who test positive are told to quarantine for two days but are ultimately released into the public.”
Wait a minute—they quarantine for only two days? Then the CDC guidelines requiring isolation 14 days doesn’t apply at the border. Why is that?
This huge number of immigrants in McAllen is overwhelming those providing humanitarian services and, the city said, “increas[ing] the threat of COVID spread or other lawlessness within the city.” McAllen’s problem, of course.
But the left hand considers the chaos no problem to those living in Washington, D.C. On the other hand, the president is making sure no planes from Europe with foreign visitors will be landing at Ronald Reagan Airport.
It is time President Biden’s left and right hands met each other and had a shake and a chat aimed at some kind of agreement.
The President might recall Abraham Lincoln’s speech before the Republican convention in 1858. “A house divided against itself cannot stand,” Lincoln said. The truth is, neither can a man divided against himself stand either. President Biden is divided against himself on border policy: an open hand on the Southern border, and a closed fist on the Canadian border When his left hand does one thing and his right hand the opposite, that behavior is promised no reward because it stems from hypocrisy.