Biden Attorney General Nominee Won’t Call Illegal Immigration a Crime
President Biden’s Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland appeared for his nomination hearing this week, only to report he won’t call illegal immigration a crime. His best response was, “I don’t know.”
His answer came after Senator Josh Hawley asked Garland, “Do you believe that illegal entry at America’s borders should remain a crime?” Senator Hawley clearly understood the importance of an attorney general who embraces strong borders. Yet Garland seemed unprepared to respond.
Garland responded during the hearing, “I haven’t thought about that question.” He also referred to it as “a question of allocation of resources.” But Hawley and other conservatives weren’t buying Garland’s answer.
There is no doubt Garland has “thought about” the immigration issue. But this is the same nominee who has shown uncertainty regarding whether Black Lives Matter violence or even Antifa attacks should be considered domestic terrorism. With progressives, it’s hard to know what to expect any longer.
From an everyday American perspective, it would appear a law school trained attorney general nominee would have thought through his view on immigration and could determine without much trouble whether a person illegal crossing America’s border is criminal act. Yet Biden’s nominee doesn’t want to make any firm decision in this regard, and it’s shocking to discover why.
Merrick is well-aware illegal immigration is a crime, even if Biden’s team wants to rename it regional migration or even a border crossing vacation. However, with Biden’s executive action to stop deportations, the restoration of Obama’s catch-and-release policy, and new legislation for Dreamers in the works, a Biden appointee can no longer give the traditional immigration answers.
Instead, everything stands in flux. If Biden and team get their way, those who have entered can join a pathway to citizenship—and of course, future voting (especially helpful for Democrats). Those who cross illegally can stay and hang out in the meantime without fear.
Biden has already approved 125,000 new immigrants into the nation this year, up from Trump’s original plan of 15,000. This is in addition to illegal border crossings and those who have already poured into the nation.
And don’t forget, Trump’s half-finished border wall project has come to a halt. We can thank Biden’s first week executive action signature for that one.
But not all Americans are ready to open the gate and welcome everyone in as a new neighbor without some investigation. Texas has already sued the federal government to end the Biden 100-day deportation stop. More legislation is in development in Texas and other border states.
While the left cries discrimination, conservative concerns regarding immigration are not based on racial issues. First, we’re concerned about safety. The same reason we lock our house at night is the same reason we protect our nation’s border. If you let everyone in, you’ll eventually have problems.
And the problems are not all related to safety. With the flood of new people, come the need for food, jobs, education, housing, and other resources. Without a legal process, these issues quickly become a mess, especially for the states along America’s southern border.
We need an attorney general who will get this issue right. At the very least, we need someone who can define what illegal immigration is.