Joe Biden’s Border Catastrophe
America has an emergency at its southern border. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris may refuse to acknowledge it, but Border Patrol agents encountered 180,039 migrants at the border in May. Together with the 178,834 migrants encountered in April, that is the highest back-to-back monthly total in more than 20 years. And unlike past migrant surges of Central American families, this surge consists mostly of single men.
The situation at the southern border has been a crisis for decades. Successive Congresses and presidents have used it in different ways for different purposes. But all have neglected or failed to solve it with good laws and good enforcement. Many have intentionally avoided solving it. But those in the Obama-Biden administration and now Obama’s Biden-Harris administration are intentionally breaking the border wide open.
What does this mean for America’s immediate future?
The illegitimate Biden administration frequently asserts that it is committed to transparency. Yet “transparency” apparently means obscuring facts of how they took power and obscuring facts about how they are using that power. It also apparently means barring reporters from photographing or videoing events at the southern border and even blocking United States senators from documenting conditions in holding facilities.
One of President Biden’s first priorities was to undo the immigration policies of President Trump. On his first afternoon in the White House, he reinstated an Obama executive order allowing illegal immigrants to stay if they arrived as children, and he ordered construction on the border wall to halt. The obvious result is that tens of thousands of migrants have started heading toward America. And it appears border agents have been told to let them in.
Detention centers are already over capacity. One Customs and Border Protection facility in Donna, Texas, reached 1,600 percent of its pandemic capacity as more than 4,100 children were packed into a facility designed to hold 250. Yet we do not know the full extent of the overcrowding problem on America’s southern border because the Biden administration refuses to let reporters see its detention centers.
Both Republican and Democrat senators have called on the administration to allow journalists access to the facilities, but the Department of Homeland Security continues to deny the media access. When a reporter asked Joe Biden in March if he would commit to transparency at the U.S.-Mexico border, he said, “I will commit to transparency when my plan, very shortly, is underway to let you have access to not just them but to other facilities as well.” How long does the world have to wait for that transparency? He would not say.
One might assume he has to clean up the crime scene before he can allow anyone in the media to see it.
Sen. Ted Cruz tried to inspect the detention facilities, but was blocked by a Biden staffer who repeatedly told him, “Please give dignity to the people. Please respect the people, the rules.” Senator Cruz responded that he wants to fix a situation where mothers and children are cramped into small outdoor areas with dirt floors during a pandemic. But the Biden administration is worried that Republican solutions will discourage more immigrants from coming, so it bars people like Cruz from entering.
In 2019, when President Donald Trump was dealing with a much less severe migrant crisis and trying to actually solve it with legal and physical walls against illegal migration and orderly methods for legal migration, the propaganda media compared these same detention facilities to Nazi concentration camps. It splashed “children in cages” accusations and photos all over the news. Yet media executives are now shielding Biden from responsibility for a crisis that is undeniably worse and undeniably a result of his radical policy changes. And they brazenly expect you to accept this obvious double standard!
When asked about the escalating border crisis, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki downplayed the situation, saying, “We’ve dealt with this before. It is often seasonal. It is often cyclical. And [Biden] just wanted to convey that in his effort to communicate and be—provide educational information to the public” (March 26).
Psaki was saying that there is a surge in illegal immigration every spring, so there is nothing to worry about. But this grossly misrepresents reality. Only 34,460 migrants were apprehended at the southern border during March 2020. That means five times as many migrants flooded across the border this spring as compared to last spring. Yet the propaganda media seem to largely accept and repeat Psaki’s story line and ignore the undeniable connection to the Obama-style border policies signed by Joe Biden.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, by contrast, knows who is to blame. He says Biden’s asylum policies are encouraging illegal immigration and human trafficking along the border with the United States. “They see him as the migrant president, and so many feel they’re going to reach the United States,” he said. “We need to work together to regulate the flow, because this business can’t be tackled from one day to the next.”
Sen. James Lankford also knows who is to blame. Even though the media was kept out, Senator Lankford was able to visit a border facility in Arizona. “Ten days ago, I was in Arizona to be able to see the stoppage of the wall at that spot,” he said on March 25. “Here is what happened. On January 20, they turned off all the technology installations over there. What my Democrat colleagues have said is that we just need technology, not a wall, not a fence. That day on January 20 they were doing preparation to lay down ground sensors, install cameras, and install lights across the border. All of that stopped on January 20.”
So the Biden administration not only stopped building the border wall, they also stopped installing security technology. They basically opened America’s doors to illegal immigrants and said, Welcome to America. This makes sense when you consider that one migrant camp was spotted flying a Biden presidential campaign flag. To the radical left, the border crisis is a giant voter drive. They know that if they can encourage hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants to pour into America, they can create a humanitarian crisis that can only be solved by mass deportations or mass amnesty. And they are betting that the American people will opt for the latter option. The government will be pressured into granting immigrants asylum, and the cycle will repeat, importing the Third World into the United States!
Joe Biden held his first press conference on March 25, shortly after putting his vice president, Kamala Harris, in charge of dealing with the border. In it, he actually differed from his own press secretary, who tried to deny that there is a border crisis. He said that a crisis does exist, but it is Donald Trump’s fault. He said that migrants are surging because President Trump canceled $700 million in foreign aid to Central American nations. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made a similar accusation, saying, “The president, then-president, had withdrawn the money that was allocated for the Northern Triangle. That was a mistake, and we have to restore that. They withdrew the money to punish those countries.”
Yet President Trump was not offended. In fact, he agreed with Pelosi.
When Fox News host Laura Ingram played Pelosi’s statement and asked Mr. Trump if he withdrew the money as a punishment, he said, “Absolutely, that’s right. On that, I agree with her. First time in a long time, years, I have agreed with her. We were paying them $500 million a year. Nobody knew what they were doing with the money, and they were sending criminals to our country. … They abused us in so many different ways” (March 25).
Even though Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi refuse to admit it, President Trump’s punishment strategy actually worked. El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico tightened their border security—until Joe Biden took office.
Now border agents are urging Mr. Trump to visit the border and to do something about the crisis, even though he is not in the White House. “Thousands and thousands of people are coming up right now as we speak, and you’re going to have millions of people pouring into our country, and it’s going to destroy our country,” Trump said in a March 27 interview. “I don’t know what they’re doing, and they don’t know what they’re doing. It’s a very, very dangerous situation. I’d love not to be involved—somebody else is supposed to be doing it.”
The Trumpet continues to assert, based on Bible prophecy, that President Trump will return to power (“What Will Happen After Trump Regains Power,” theTrumpet.com/23957). We do not know exactly how this will unfold, but the border crisis may be part of it. A Hill-HarrisX poll of 2,858 registered voters estimated that 76 percent of Americans view the border crisis as something that needs to be addressed immediately. Radical Democrats are not going to do anything about it, and experts are predicting that the border crisis could last several months. So, by the end of this year many Biden-Harris voters may be suffering acute buyers’ remorse!
Some analysts recognize the dangerous situation playing out not only in the border crisis but also in the government’s treacherous response. But a much deeper analysis reveals far more about America’s illegal immigration crisis. That analysis comes from the prophecies of the Bible.
In The United States and Britain in Prophecy, Herbert W. Armstrong identified early American immigrants as being descendants of Abraham. Abraham’s grandson, Jacob, passed his birthright promises on to the sons of his son Joseph (Genesis 48). Jacob said that the descendants of the one grandson, Ephraim, would become a company of nations, while the other grandson, Manasseh, would become a single great nation.
Genesis 49:22 says, “Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall.” Joseph’s descendants, in other words, were to be a colonizing people in the latter days. That is exactly what they did, branching out from the British Isles all over the Earth, including North America.
Mr. Armstrong explained that Ephraim’s descendants are Great Britain, and Manasseh’s descendants are the United States. Many American immigrants came from nations other than England. “A large part of Manasseh remained with Ephraim until the separation of New England,” he wrote. “But our forefathers were to be sifted through many nations, as corn through a sieve, yet not a grain to fall to the earth or be lost (Amos 9:9)” (The United States and Britain in Prophecy).
Ephraim and much of Manasseh filtered through many different nations before they eventually immigrated to England together. Many descendants of Manasseh, however, remained within the nations to which they had scattered. These descendants eventually came to America when people began immigrating to the new colony. Not every European immigrant was a descendant of Manasseh, but a great majority were.
Like modern-day America, ancient Israel was a “melting pot” that accepted Gentile immigrants—though God’s law specified that these immigrants had to obey the laws of Israel if they were to be accepted (Exodus 12:49; Leviticus 19:34; Numbers 9:14). So the fact that the descendants of Manasseh have mingled together with Gentile immigrants is actually further proof of who the United States is in biblical prophecy.
Mr. Armstrong wrote, “Thus we have become known as the ‘melting pot’ of the world. Instead of refuting our Manasseh ancestry, this fact actually confirms it. The proof that we are Manasseh is overwhelming. Manasseh was to separate from Ephraim and become the greatest, wealthiest single nation of Earth’s history” (ibid).
But under the Biden administration America has reached a tipping point. The thousands of immigrants currently pouring into the nation are not being vetted or going through the legal immigration process, and most of them are not interested in following America’s laws and adopting America’s culture.
As Pat Buchanan wrote in 2014, “We no longer speak the same language, worship the same God, honor the same heroes, or share the same holidays. … Our politics have become poisonous. Our political parties are at each other’s throats. Christianity is in decline. Traditional churches are sundering over moral issues like abortion and same-sex marriage. Islam is surging. Our society seems to be disintegrating.”
In other words, we are no longer one nation, made up of one melted-together people. Instead, we have become a balkanized nation of feuding ethnicities and cultures on the verge of race war!
The blessings God bestowed on us because of Abraham’s faithful obedience are now being withdrawn because of our many sins. Even well-known commentators who disregard prophecy and reject America’s biblical identity can see that we are on a disastrous course. America is splitting apart at the seams.
Look at the border and think about Deuteronomy 28:43, which says, “The sojourner who is among you shall mount above you higher and higher; and you shall come down lower and lower” (Revised Standard Version).
This scripture is an end-time prophecy about the United States and Great Britain.
Simply look around to see that this prophecy and others are being fulfilled today. Sojourners, strangers, immigrants and aliens are taking over the United States. Lax immigration policies and weak borders are helping to fulfill the Bible’s prophecies! The flood of illegal immigrants highlights a fundamental disregard for law. It exposes and exacerbates the loss of a common culture. America’s inability to protect its borders shows that the very things that define the United States as a nation are eroding.
The Prophet Isaiah says this crisis will intensify until the nation is destroyed: “Your country lies desolate, your cities are burned with fire; in your very presence aliens devour your land; it is desolate, as overthrown by aliens” (Isaiah 1:7; rsv). Illegal immigrants are coming up from Central and South America, and drug cartels are exploiting this crisis to smuggle drugs and people into America—including many from other countries who are interested in infiltrating and committing crime and terrorism in this country.
Currently, the aliens flooding across America’s southern border are from Central and South America, but Bible prophecy shows that they will soon be joined by hostile invaders from Europe (Isaiah 10:5-7). A future Trump administration will likely try to clamp down on border security, but without God’s help, the open-border policies being pushed in America will weaken the nation to where it can no longer resist a military invasion!
To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, once a nation loses control of its borders, it is no longer really a nation. This is happening right now to the United States. And its own government is abetting it, to its own demise!