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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appears to be delusional about the crisis unfolding across the southern U.S. border and the crisis unfolding in Congress.
To hear her tell it, the border is just fine, and there are no issues plaguing her caucus. Yet the fact of the matter is that neither the border nor Congress are fine.
During an event Wednesday in California, Pelosi claimed to reporters that America is on a “good path” regarding the crisis along the border and that it had been under former President Donald Trump that America had been embroiled in a “very bad situation.”
“The fact is that we’re on a good path at the border under the leadership of President Biden. It’s about restructuring how we do what is happening there, because we were in a very bad situation under the Trump administration,” were her exact words.
171,000 illegal crossings in March alone…
Border facilities at 1,700%…
Allowing COVID-19 migrants to enter…
Nearly 19,000 unaccompanied children being held…
Does that *really* look like a “good path at the border,” Speaker Pelosi? pic.twitter.com/uDtuEduswi
— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) April 8, 2021
What Pelosi said was a lie.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in March the agency encountered 172,000 border crossers, bringing the total to 569,800 crossers for this fiscal year alone.
And as noted below by Republican National Committee research director Zach Parkinson, this number is “larger than any single month of the Trump administration.”
172,000 is larger than any single month of the Trump Administration
In fact, it’s the highest one-month total **since 2001** https://t.co/8w4CG4UOts
— Zach Parkinson (@AZachParkinson) April 8, 2021
The only year when border crossings got at all close to 172,000 crossings per month was during the border crisis in 2019.
But Trump swiftly resolved the crisis by gutting the infamous Flores ruling and introducing policies, including “Remain in Mexico,” that greatly disincentivized illegal immigration into the United States.
The policies worked, but the moment President Joe Biden took office in January, he reversed his predecessor’s policies.
Coupled with Biden’s campaign promises of healthcare benefits and amnesty, this incentivized a flood of new illegal immigration that only continues to grow by the day as Democrats rush to further incentivize more illegal immigration.
Just this week, Democrats in the New York York State Legislature launched an “Excluded Workers Fund” that’ll dole out up to $15,600 a piece to illegal aliens.
“[A]fter a sweeping move by lawmakers this week, New York will now offer one-time payments of up to $15,600 to undocumented immigrants who lost work during the pandemic. The effort — a $2.1 billion fund in the state budget — is by far the biggest of its kind in the country,” The New York Times confirmed Thursday.
Several critics argued that this is a recipe for more illegal immigration:
It would not shock me if human smugglers are promising Central Americans money if they get to New York. A full blown humanitarian crisis that Democrats across the country are contributing to https://t.co/0x6IyrzNZn
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) April 8, 2021
This is insane and will only contribute to the crisis at the border. https://t.co/0LY88aEAfy
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) April 8, 2021
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 9, 2021
Meanwhile, this Tuesday Border Patrol agents in California rescued two children — one five years of age, the other six years of age — who’d been abandoned at the border by smugglers, according to Fox News.
“Border Patrol said in a statement that agents found the children alone and crying after they were abandoned by a couple who hoisted them over boulders near the end of the border wall. The children had their mother’s name and phone number on a note and their forearms — which agents used to contact to get additional information,” Fox News reported.
It’s not clear how this counts as a “good path” …
Pelosi is also confident about her ability to push through Biden’s exorbitant infrastructure bill that reportedly has almost nothing to do with infrastructure.
“I would hope that our part in the House would be largely done before the Fourth of July. Whether the whole package would be done then we just don’t know. But as some had suggested, we want to do it before the August break,” she said during her weekly press briefing this Thursday.
The problem is that cracks have already begun to emerge.
“House Democrats will return from a three-week recess Tuesday to a slimmer majority than when they left last month following the death of Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (Fla.) on Tuesday and two Democrats resigning to work in Biden’s Cabinet after they helped pass the $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill,” The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
“Previously, Democrats could afford to lose only five votes, but as of next week, they can lose only two and still get any legislation passed without Republican support,” the outlet noted.
The problem is that eight Democrats have reportedly already vowed to vote against the bill unless they and their wealthy blue state friends are given a veritable tax break via the repeal of the SALT deductions cap.
Installed by Trump, the cap stops wealthy blue state residents from deducting their exorbitant state taxes from their federal taxes — a shady maneuver that had allowed blue states to basically use red state money to subsidize their high taxes.
According to the Post, the more far-left members of the Democrat Party have meanwhile called for the infrastructure bill “to be more ambitious,” i.e., to contain more freebies.
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