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‘Horrible, slow, painful’: Migrant crossings reportedly cause agonizing wait times for US border commuters

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Commuters trying to cross the southern U.S. border legally are having to contend with extremely lengthy wait times because of all the aliens trying to cross the border illegally.

One legal border commuter told Albuquerque station KRQE that she had to wait seven hours to cross the border just a few days ago. Jose Ortiz, another border commuter, reported similar experiences.

“Day after day, it’s grueling, it’s horrible, slow, painful, time-wasting, what can I say,” he said to KRQE.

All he wants, he told the station, is “to get to work.”

But like Alvaro Rudas, another border commuter, noted to the station, “The line is crazy bad.”

And it’s like this day in and day out because border officials have had to spike their enforcement efforts because of all the illegal aliens trying to sneak across the border.

It’s a phenomenon that isn’t like to abate anytime soon.

Thanks to the Biden administration’s incessant incentivization of illegal immigration via its release of illegals into the interior, border crossings and apprehensions have spiked to record highs.

Meanwhile, deportations by the administration have fallen to the “lowest monthly level on record,” according to The Washington Post, as President Joe Biden has chosen to effectively embrace illegal immigration.

“This administration has de-emphasized the likelihood that people would get arrested if they aren’t a threat to public safety or recently crossed the border, so they are not going to have strong removal numbers,” former Trump-era U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Ronald Vitiello noted to the Post.

“That’s part of a signal being sent — that immigration enforcement isn’t a priority for this team,” Vitiello said. “The odds of being arrested just for being in the country illegally were always extremely low, and now they’ve basically ruled it out by policy,” he added.

But Biden isn’t just exempting illegals from America’s immigration laws. He’s also exempting them from public health measures.

“Illegal aliens are now exempt from the public health measures that have been imposed by force on the rest of us by the U.S. government. Illegal aliens come and go as they please. No one seems to care if they spread deadly viruses to the rest of the American population,” Fox News host Tucker Carlson explained in March.

“It’s hard to believe that’s actually happening, but it is. We verified it today, when DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas admitted in congressional testimony that the Biden administration is releasing foreign nationals into American neighborhoods without even bothering to check if they’ve been infected with COVID,” he added.

According to The New York Times, over 170,000 illegal aliens were allowed to cross into the states without a test in March alone.

“More than 170,000 migrants crossed the border in March — many coming from countries still grappling with high infection rates — but the Border Patrol is conducting no testing for the coronavirus during the several days that the newly arrived migrants are in U.S. custody except in cases where migrants show obvious symptoms,” the Times reported last week.

As of early May, this was reportedly still happening.

“Just in the last 3 months, TSA has flown over 7,200 illegal migrants on commercial airlines without photo ID’s or a negative COVID test. The Biden Admin is knowingly endangering the lives of American citizens,” Texas Rep. August Pfluger noted a few days ago.

Vice President Kamala Harris, who was appointed by Biden to oversee the border crisis, has thus far done nothing to actually remedy the problem. Instead, she’s delivered lofty lectures blaming the crisis on everything but the administration’s policies.

“We are looking at extensive storm damage because of extreme climate, we’re looking at drought in an area in a region where agriculture is one of the most traditionally important basis for their economy, we’re looking at what’s happening in terms of food scarcity as a result of that and in fact, incredible food insecurity, which we used to call hunger food insecurity,” she said in one speech late last month, as reported by Fox News.

“And we are looking at, therefore, a number of issues that also relate to poverty, extreme poverty. And also there’s violence obviously coming out of those regions,” she said. “When you look at the root causes, we’re also looking at issues of corruption. Again, we’re looking at the issue of climate resiliency and then the concern about a lack of economic opportunity,” she added.

When a border crisis erupted during the previous administration, then-President Donald Trump addressed it by investing more resources into border security and, more importantly, using a carrot-and-stick strategy to compel America’s southern neighbors to get with the program.

“Under pressure from President Trump’s tariffs threat, Mexico reached a deal with the United States on June 7 to step up immigration enforcement and to take in more migrants waiting for their U.S. asylum hearings,” NPR reported in the summer of 2019.

Unlike the Biden administration’s thus-far failed strategy, Trump’s strategy worked.

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Vivek Saxena

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