Joe Biden’s immigration policies are a threat to national security
Two of Joe Biden’s immigration policy reversals even created national security risks. His decision to reduce the protection of our southern border has allowed a massive influx of illegal aliens, drug traffickers, human traffickers and, quite possibly, terrorists. And by abandoning Trump’s merit-based immigration reform initiative, Biden has hampered the United States in its technological race with China, which has unwanted economic and military consequences.
An open border is a serious risk to national security
Open borders, where illegal aliens can cross with relative impunity, invite criminal activity. The influx of illegal border crossings since Biden took office is unprecedented. According to the US Customs and Border Patrol, monthly arrests at the border now number in the hundreds of thousands, a record in 30 years. Criminals are among those arrested at the border and then released. Many other criminals escape law enforcement at the border and also enter the interior.
The Biden administration has adopted extremely restrictive policies for law enforcement whose mission is to expel these criminal and illegal aliens. Officers have been instructed to turn a blind eye to many people who are not allowed to be in the country, including those who have been returned by a judge. In May, evictions fell to the lowest level on record.
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The illegal population in the United States could increase by millions in Biden’s first year in the Oval Office, a direct result of Biden’s ill-fated policies. The administration has already encountered more than 1.7 million at the border, a figure that does not include those who have just gone unnoticed.
Weak border security and non-existent domestic enforcement, combined with promises of legislative or âde factoâ amnesty, create powerful incentives for foreigners to flock to the border and attempt to enter illegally. They feel they have a good chance of entering, staying and working in the United States without fear of deportation, and also hope to obtain American citizenship.
The security consequences of porous borders and a broken and unforced immigration system are manifold. The impact on transnational crime is most obvious. Foreigners in an irregular situation are victims of a myriad of crimes ranging from rape and theft to human trafficking.
Other risks arise from the control of cross-border activity by cartels. According to a Department of Homeland Security study, about 50 percent of people crossing borders in the 1970s used the services of smugglers. Today, that number exceeds 95%. Smugglers charge thousands to tens of thousands of dollars per person to cross the border. Under Biden, the cartels have made unprecedented profits.
The cartels then use these profits to fund other illegal activities. For example, the cartels are responsible for smuggling most of the fentanyl entering the United States. This has fueled the epidemic of opioid dependence and drug overdose in this country.
The terrorist threat is even more serious. Groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda remain our enemies, and US defense and intelligence officials have warned of a resurgence of a transnational terrorist threat after Biden’s chaotic and calamitous withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Terrorists could send a team to the United States to stage a 9/11 scale attack. Today, the best way to infiltrate a team in the United States would be to cross the porous southern border, hiding among the vast numbers of people crossing our border illegally.
The Merit-Based Immigration System Needed to Win the Tech Race with China
President Biden has halted further consideration of President Trump’s proposal to modernize our immigration policy by moving to a merit-based system. Instead, he wants to maintain our archaic family ties system.
A 2017 study by the Mercatus think tank shows that, since 1965, the US immigration system has favored family reunification. During the decade 2006-2015, nearly two-thirds of all green cards issued went to immigrants who already had a family member in the United States. Another 21 percent were issued to refugees, asylum seekers, diversity lottery winners and other smaller humanitarian categories.
Barely 14% of green cards were issued on the basis of employment. In Canada and Australia, countries with merit-based immigration systems, the equivalent share was 61%. They are not alone. Other countries with an explicit or implicit merit-based immigration system include the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Japan and China.
President Trump announced his intention to modernize our immigration system in May 2019. He described our current system as being largely based on “random chancet” and proposed a merit-based system. âWe cherish the open door we want to create for our country. But a lot of these immigrants have to come on merit and skill, âhe said. “The biggest change we are making is to increase the proportion of highly skilled immigration from 12% to 57% and we would even like to see if we can go higher.”
Merit-based immigration allows family reunification but limits it to spouses and minor children. What it does not allow is to bring parents, grandparents and adult children to the United States. It does not affect humanitarian immigration either; refugees would always be welcome and victims of persecution protected.
Skilled immigrants contribute to America’s economic growth by increasing its workforce and productivity, the main drivers of gross domestic product. And economic growth supports greater national security: A country needs the economic means to afford the high costs and technological prowess associated with superior military might.
The United States and China are in a race for technological primacy. The winner will not only be the dominant economy of the 21st century, it will also become the world’s leading military power. Communist China uses technology to oppress its people and extend its censorship even to citizens of other countries. And Beijing is already using its growing military might to intimidate its neighbors. The American people cannot accept a world dominated by a brutal dictatorship that tramples on human rights and individual freedoms.
Winning the tech race with Communist China is not an option for the United States, and a modernized immigration system would be a major contributor to this cause.
Last month, the National Center for Counterintelligence and Security (NCSC) announced that it was focusing its industry awareness on a few technology sectors where the stakes are greatest for the economy and national security of states. -United. These technological sectors could determine whether America remains the world’s largest superpower or whether it is eclipsed by China in the next few years. These sectors include artificial intelligence, bioeconomy, autonomous systems, quantum computing and semiconductors.
China recognizes the economic and military advantages of being the world leader in advanced technology sectors and has announced comprehensive national strategies to achieve this goal. China is also openly promoting civil-military fusion to ensure that its military can take full advantage of any advancements in civilian technology.
To meet these challenges, America must not only To allow the best talents to come to America, he must actively recruit. China is already doing this through its Thousand Talent Plan.
Launched in 2008, the CPC says the Thousand Talent Plan has so far attracted more than 7,600 senior scientists and engineers to China. While the majority of them were Chinese-born returnees, the plan also attracted 390 foreigners. If the figures reported by China are correct, the CCP may have spent around $ 1 billion on this plan.
America has recruited top talent from overseas in the past. The United States attracted the best European scientists before and during World War II. And when World War II ended and the Cold War began, America recruited the best German scientists; some of them have greatly contributed to the success of our space program.
During the Cold War, the goal was both to grow the American economy and to deny Stalin’s Russia the use of these scientists for nefarious purposes. And at the end of the Cold War, Washington funded granting agencies to serve as sponges for ex-Soviet scientists, lest they take consulting jobs for nuclear programs in the Middle East and in North Africa.
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Another way to attract top tech talent from overseas is to set up an immigration system that is welcoming to entrepreneurs and investors. We need to cut immigration red tape for foreign nationals who want to settle in the United States to start new businesses.
Current immigration policies are not what we need
Immigration policies should advance the freedom, security, and prosperity of American citizens as well as immigrants themselves.
First, we must return to the policies of the Trump era that secured our southern border, not only to stop the flow of illegal immigrants, but also to prevent transnational crime and terrorism.
Second, we must modernize our immigration system through merit-based policies that will help America win the technological race with China and grow our economy.
Barring a major crisis, the Biden administration will not change its immigration policies. But the next administration should be ready to act quickly once it returns to the White House.