We do apply the laws of the United States will continue to apply the laws of the United States and we will do so to maximum effect for the benefit of the American public, as Congress intended, the more than a billion dollars will be spent by the state of Texas, where we are going to escalate the war against those coming across our border because President Biden and his administration are not getting the job done.
Our lead story from Bill Meluzin along the southern border with a new video coming out today, really one of the biggest days for apprehensions there, 700 by midday, believing that it’s more than a thousand that they’ve seen just today. And among those, you have two convicted child sex offenders, 18th Street gang members. It’s an everyday situation along the border. Meantime, in our latest polls, you see an uptick in the favorability of building the US Mexico border wall now from December of twenty nineteen and then on the job approval, as we mentioned at the top of the show when it comes to foreign policy and immigration, border security and immigration.
These are the items in President Biden’s job performance where he is underwater upside down his overall approval ratings above 50 percent. But these are the draws, the Achilles heels. Let’s bring in our panel. Bill McGurn, columnist for The Wall Street Journal. Charles Lane, opinion writer for The Washington Post. And Jonah Goldberg, editor in chief of The Dispatch. Jonah, you don’t see a ton of coverage about the border other than us and a few other places, but not a lot.
And it seems like it’s it’s just increasing.
Yeah, look, it is definitely a persistent problem that is not going away simply because most of the media and the bottom ministration isn’t talking about it. And at some point, you’re going to hit a critical mass where it’s going to be unavoidable for the Bush administration to deal with the problem because the problem persists. At some point, it’s going to become too obvious to ignore. And I think one of the problems the bottom ministration has got itself in is that it’s too eager to stick to the narratives that, you know, that they came into office with rather than like bending policy and their rhetoric to fit the reality on the ground.
You know, Vice President Harris obviously has said that the president put her in charge of finding the roots of causes of the problem. And first, it was to deal with the border situation specifically, then was kind of redefined for the media. And she’s visited a number of states. None of them happened to be border states.
Well, we’ll see what happens, I guess I don’t agree with Jonah in the sense that typically in the summer when the temperature spike, the flow of migrants slows down. So just looking at it in a narrow political sense, I assume the Biden administration figures if they can get to July without too much more blowback, they’ll be fine. But as for the root causes, the root causes are the same as they have been for the last 30 odd years, which is that life in Central America is substantially poorer and more violent than life in the United States.
People want to leave Central America and try their luck for a better life in the United States. And we should finally rationally manage our laws to facilitate that with the most humane and least costly and most beneficial way for our country. And one way I’ve written about that, I think would be a very good idea would be to extend the legal immigration opportunities for guest workers from Central America, not just Mexico, so that they can come here to do seasonal labor, which is what many of them end up doing, and then return to their homes.
And then all the other enforcement we do would be on a stronger and more legitimate footing bill.
Yeah, I mean, look, I agree there are a lot of different policy solutions, but you can’t have a policy solution when you have an administration that denies there is a problem. Look, as far as I can see, the Biden approach sees no evil, hear no evil and dump it on Comilla, who has wisely steered clear of going to the border. Why would you go when they’re not doing anything to fix the problem? So what I can see is the limited effort is to try to build spaces to accommodate people, which is a zero-sum game.
They just can’t do it fast enough. I think they should they need to admit they made some mistakes. I mean, we had these agreements with Central American countries. And I also agree with Charles in this sense, the real solution for all of this is Congress and to come to some kind of deal. And that means give and take on both sides to have it. Because what we have now is not a rational system. It’s not designed to facilitate an orderly process.
It invites chaos. And it’s just one aspect of a lot of our immigration system that’s corrupt. And I’ll say one last thing about guest workers. I actually agree with the charge, but I think it would be better to open more opportunities for guest workers. But that’s anathema to a lot of people because they’re not really voters. A lot of people would want to come here, work, feed their families and go home. And I don’t see why I don’t why we don’t make more opportunities for that.
I mean, this sounds good, Jonah. All of it sounds good, but it also sounds comprehensive. And when you put that word in front of anything on Capitol Hill, it doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere.
Yeah, no, I think Bill is exactly right. You know, when people ask me what my preferred immigration policy is, my standard response is to have one. But instead, what we have is a bipartisan, bipartisan consensus to tolerate incoherence and chaos, which fuels further cynicism and distrust on both sides. Democrats have an agenda about immigration that has a lot to do with padding voter rolls. Republicans are a hot mess in all sorts of different ways about all of this.
I’m with these guys. I think guest worker guest worker programs do not scare me. I think rationalizing labor markets as labor markets makes a lot of sense. But no one has the incentive structure in Congress to address any of this, whether you call it comprehensively or something else in a sane and rational matter.