Biden’s Executive Action On Border Contradicts Earlier Statement

President Biden is considering an executive order to control the crisis on the southern border, despite his earlier statements that he has no authority to act without a Congressional bill. Biden claimed that he, as President, had no power to stop the flow of illegal immigrants crossing the southern border.

On Jan. 30 the President said “I have done all I can do” while advocating the Senate’s border bill. House Speaker Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) said of the same bill that it is “dead on arrival” to the House of Representatives. The House did not hold a vote on the Senate bill.

The Senate bill was criticized by Republicans who said that the bill did nothing to secure the border. One of the key points of contention is the continued funding of sanctuary cities and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that facilitate illegal immigration by providing living expenses once they are in the U.S.

Republicans also had issues with continuing the current “catch and release” policy which became law in the Senate bill. This provision allows the illegal aliens to surrender to border patrol upon entering the country. Then during processing, they are given a summons for an immigration hearing, most of which are several years in the future, and they receive transportation to anywhere within the U.S.

The Senate bill also enables asylum seekers to be rubber-stamped because it removes the immigration judges and replaces the judges with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) asylum officers who are very lenient in granting asylum.

President Biden’s consideration of an executive order to control the southern border crisis would likely incorporate Section 212f of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Section 212f gives the President of the United States the authority to control the border along with those who wish to pass through it. Biden’s statement that he did not have the power to control the border is contrary to Section 212f.