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Biden’s Latest Border Excuse Only Underscores His Own Miserable Failure

AMAC Exclusive – By Ben Solis

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In recent weeks, President Joe Biden has attempted to defend his administration’s handling of the border by claiming that illegal border crossers are “fleeing communism” – just the latest messaging ploy from the administration as the United States faces its worst immigration crisis in recent memory.  

While it is true that some migrants do come from communist countries (although not nearly as many as Biden suggests) the administration’s misleading rhetoric ignores two basic realities: First, victims of communist oppression or not, the United States is not equipped to safely vet and admit millions of refugees. Second, it is Biden’s own leniency toward communist regimes in the Western Hemisphere that has emboldened those governments to crack down even harder on their populations, spurring even more individuals and families to risk the dangerous journey north.  

Biden first invoked the communism excuse last month following a Customs and Border Patrol announcement that more than 158,000 immigrants were apprehended in August, bringing the 11-month tally so far for FY 2022 to more than 2 million. “There are fewer immigrants coming from Central America and from Mexico. This is a totally different circumstance,” Biden said, dodging the original question about why the border is so overwhelmed under his watch. “What’s on my watch now is Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua,” Biden said. 

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre doubled down on Biden’s statements later on in the day, saying “these people are fleeing communism…Failing authoritarian regimes in Venezuela as well as Nicaragua and Cuba are causing a new migration challenge across the Western Hemisphere. So, what we’re seeing is a new pattern.”  

Migrants entering the United States from these communist countries have indeed been more numerous in 2022, according to CBP data. But people fleeing communist regimes still only account for about 35 percent of the total number of migrants who have entered the country illegally this year – hardly justifying the sweeping generalization invoked by the Biden administration. 

Moreover, to the extent that immigration from communist countries has increased, Biden has had a direct hand in creating the conditions that have incentivized it. In April, before Biden liberalized relations with Havana, Cuban opposition leaders warned the White House that not only would opening up U.S.-Cuban relations motivate more people to flee northward, the Cuban regime would also tighten their brutal control over the country. 

Sure enough, the regime pursued a renewed crackdown on dissent as soon as Biden softened sanctions and returned to Obama’s lenient policies toward Cuba, including providing more visas for members of the government bureaucracy.  

Jose Daniel Ferrer in particular, the leader of the largest opposition group on the country, UNPACU, alerted Democrats in Washington that such liberalization would embolden the regime akin to when the E.U. implemented similar concessions. Soon after Biden’s policy changes, the regime imprisoned Ferrer and subjected him to various torture methods, including sleep deprivation, exposure to loud music, and denial of ventilation and light. Ferrer has been deprived of all rights, including the right to participate in religious services. Ferrer’s wife was denied contact with her husband for nearly two months, and only then was allowed 15 minutes of visitation. 

Since May, the Cuban secret police have also conducted nightly raids of opposition members. The prominent Ladies in White movement, a group of wives, daughters, and relatives of jailed dissidents, has experienced a wave of terror. Recently, at least 12 members of the group were arrested outside a church entrance following religious services. 

The Biden administration has exhibited no ability or inclination to show even small gestures in defense of the Cuban opposition, like tweeting names of the prisoners of conscience while demanding their release – a policy that the Trump administration, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, pursued regularly. Cuban opposition leaders have said these gestures boost their morale and debilitate the regime. Asked what impact criticism by U.S. officials of human rights violations in Cuba had on Cuban dissidents, Jose Daniel Ferrer said that the opposition always benefits from pressure against the regime, including on social media. 

With their liberalization of relations toward Cuba, the Biden administration has in effect convinced the regime that it does not have to stop these persecutions in order to achieve its goals. As a result, the regime’s oppression has only increased, driving even more Cubans to risk everything to escape it. A new report by the Cuban Human Rights Observatory documents more than 1,100 violations of political prisoners’ rights since August alone. 

Biden’s energy policies have also emboldened the communist regime in Venezuela, indirectly spurring migration from that country as well. In March, following soaring gas prices as a result of his own anti-American energy policies and the war in Ukraine, Biden was forced to float a rapprochement with the Maduro regime, begging them for oil and ceding all leverage that the U.S. had there. Maduro has thus been able to extend his brutal reign with little opposition, again spurring people to flee. 

The illegal immigration crisis has thus only further underscored Biden’s failures in other parts of his foreign policy. While it is highly misleading for the President to claim that the border crisis is because of people “fleeing communism,” it is nonetheless true that by failing to use sanctions and other economic tools that can force communist regimes to respect human rights, Biden has directly exacerbated the conditions that lead to mass migration movements. While Biden continues to blame anyone but himself for the border crisis, he is nonetheless the most at fault for it.  

Ben Solis is the pen name of an international affairs journalist, historian, and researcher. 


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Rich
1 month ago

OK, if WE cross the border in the opposite direction does that mean WE can flee Communism? I’ll keep that option in my back pocket.

Jocie Taylor
1 month ago

All Biden can say is did I do that

DaveInDenver
1 month ago

Escaping Communism? Biden

KJHanover
1 month ago

The fact that he refuses to close the border tells it all.

Dr Rene
1 month ago

Low IQ China-Joe does it again. Joey speaks with a fir tongue. I served 19 years overseas in the military & we were never trained to defend against COMMUNIST NATIONS like Mexico, any COMMUNIST African nation, COMMUNIST South American Nationd, etc. To my knowledge, the Latin American Communist Nations are Guatemala, Nigueragua, El Salivdor, Hundures & Granada. In addition to China, Cuba, Vietnam, ROK, Laos & Venezuela which make up of the majority of the world’s Communist nations.

I’m sure I left out a few nations but thise in Central & South America are mostly non-Communist.

KJHanover
1 month ago
Reply to  Dr Rene

They’re coming for the freebies….and they’re getting them on our backs. Make no mistake.

Rich
1 month ago
Reply to  KJHanover

Most of the money any illegal gets or makes here will be sent “back home”.

Battling Idiots Daily
1 month ago

Biden’s border policy is going according to plan. There is no failure on their part with the border. The plan to import undocumented democrats is 100% successful.

Michael J
1 month ago

Immigration is the least of our worries, these idiots are going to get us into a nuclear war. No one wins.

John Davis
1 month ago

TRUMP / NUGENT 2024

Jake the snake
1 month ago

Biden must live in 1970. Everything he says sounds like a 1970 liberal.

He is clearly way to demented to understand anything about the current war.

KJHanover
1 month ago
Reply to  Jake the snake

I say it’s his communistic, authoritative handlers.

Randall L. Beatty
1 month ago

This country will be overrun with who knows what from other countries Biden and the rest do not have a clue what is coming across the border and they could care less they have one lie after another we need a change time to take back the White House,we need to have a red wave come November.

edward
1 month ago

It has nothing to do with “having a clue”. They are importing “future voters” for the communist party. Also known as Lenin’s “useful idiots”.

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
1 month ago

If Biden was in a one acre field with one pile of crap in it, he would inverable step in it. Kyle L.

Arlene
1 month ago

Jill Biden is a disgrace too. I would never have let my husband make such a fool of himself once his mind started being eaten up by cancer.

JayA
1 month ago

The potato owns the border crises, as well as inflation running rampant and energy prices heading back up. A blind person could see this disaster coming!

Barrett Smith
1 month ago

Biden is just using these people as pawns. Will he be surprised when they start voting Republican.

Lynn
1 month ago

Perhaps the dems are flooding the nation to replace us deplorables. It’s ingenious how dems spin everything so they look virtuous and make us sound like knuckle dragging thugs. The we don’t take the argument to them on their own terms. We act like we’re too good to dirty our hands and give them a good street fight, metaphorically speaking. You don’t go to a street rumble wearing a tutu.

Deploreable Sam
1 month ago

Fleeing communism?
Seems, thanks to the liberal socialists polluting our space, the illegals are making one serious mistake coming here.
Or have I misjudged the current politics here in Amerika?
fjb, you know the rest…

Denise
1 month ago

This isn’t about failure…it’s deliberate and all about “giving” freebies to illegals so they’ll vote these communist traitors into office…New York city already started doing that months ago in local elections. It’s also about the “New World Order” spoken of by George Bush Sr. during his presidential acceptance speech. American’s have taken for granted for to long, the freedoms our Founders risked their lives to bring into force. To many just vote for what ever letter is behind a candidate and don’t bother with researching what they’re really about. Apathy and the pursuit of the American dream has turned the dream into a nightmare. Our once unique place in the history of this world, is just about gone. Of most importance is the dying church. Patrick Henry said so long ago:”When a nation forgets it’s God, tyrants soon forge it’s chains.” Welcome to the People’s Republic of Amerika.

Arlene
1 month ago
Reply to  Denise

Wonder how many people under the age of 30 know who Patrick Henry is.

Sheila
1 month ago
Reply to  Arlene

Probably not. They probably don’t know much of the history of our country at all. They are not all very bright.

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
1 month ago
Reply to  Denise

Denise is cortrect. Break this country down, take our guns, then the New World Order vcan step in. Kyle L..

KJHanover
1 month ago
Reply to  Denise

Oh yes, everything they’re doing is very deliberate.

William C Smith
1 month ago

Biden’s goal was to get elected. He seems never to have considered actually doing the job.

Arlene
1 month ago

He was put there to continue Obama plan for USA.

nate
1 month ago

Keep voting for “Democrats” and “RINOS” and America is doomed. No more career politicians!

liz
1 month ago

Getting this old fool and his cohorts out of our WH is number 2 after the Conservatives win in November. Then, we must start on deportations. I am at the point of “I don’t care if they have children or are 90 years old”. Illegal!

William C Smith
1 month ago
Reply to  liz

…with a Democrat under each arm.

JayA
1 month ago
Reply to  liz

Any illegal 8 to 80, blind, cripple or crazy deport their butts ASAP!

KJHanover
1 month ago
Reply to  JayA

Ship them all back across the border. Let them get home the same way they got here.

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