Commentary: Biden’s Half-Hearted Border Control Pitch

Joe Biden
by Christopher Roach


There are rumors—likely trial balloons—that Joe Biden is about to get serious about controlling the border. Along with inflation and our country’s repeated humiliations on the global stage, the border debacle is one of the major sources of Biden’s persistent unpopularity.

He tried to use the border situation as leverage in negotiations with congressional Republicans over Ukraine funding by pretending he could not close the border until the funding bill passed. This is false, as this authority was the basis of Trump’s “Muslim Ban,” which was upheld by the Supreme Court.

Under Biden, the Border Patrol is on the scene and fully funded, but unfortunately, the President and his Homeland Security Director, Alejandro Mayorkas, are employing them as the welcoming committee.

Liberal Universalism is the Root of Open Borders Policy

While I have no doubt any politician will do popular and necessary things when forced to, Biden’s problem is deeper than his neglect of the border. This neglect is a product of a broader rejection of the right of the nation to have borders and to look out for its citizens. This sentimental idealism instead looks at our country not as a place inhabited by a particular people to whom the government has a particular duty of care but as the superstructure supporting an abstract mission to do good around the world.

This is why Biden and so many others in Washington, including many Republicans, get so excited about Ukraine. They love the idea of being part of a moral crusade, and they do not find sufficient joy or meaning in delivering prosaic goods to their countrymen, like a secure border or decent infrastructure. They believe in the ideology of empire, where national greatness resides in a world-historical mission and not simpler things like peace and prosperity.

A Disloyal Leadership Class

While there has been a lot of hysteria over Russian collusion stories in recent years, rock-ribbed patriotism and loyalty to the American people are in short supply among our politicians. Indeed, it is hard to imagine how a foreign occupier could do much worse than Obama and Biden have done for the American people.

Together, they have doubled and tripled the cost of healthcare without any tangible increase in health. They have presided over the mass “deincarceration” of violent criminals. They have added trillions to the debt with very little to show for it. They have politicized the military and encouraged its leaders to think of their own countrymen as the enemy. And, relevant to this discussion, they have gotten all misty-eyed over armies of men from every third-world dump who make it across our border and utter the word “asylum.”

The politicians view our nation as a vessel for a universal idea. The idea is more important than the place or the people. This is why the top Army general during the Fort Hood massacre said, “As horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse.” Our worthless leaders would rather have dead soldiers than have anyone question why the foreign guy with the funny name keeps making threats.

We saw this ideology in full bloom during the chaotic collapse of Afghanistan in 2021. When it became clear everything our military had done would go up in smoke, we were presented with the consolation prize that we could heroically introduce tens of thousands of Afghan refugees into our country.

Did anyone want this? Did we attack Afghanistan after 9/11 so that, 20 years later, thousands of them could arrive with dubious asylum claims?

It’s been a few years. What have these Afghans done for our country since then, other than push down wages for menial jobs and create problems? The American people have repeatedly signaled their displeasure with the numbers and quality of immigrants, but the politicians keep pushing this unpopular and destructive policy.

Refugees, asylum seekers, and other border jumpers serve the domestic agenda of the ruling class, who have reached consensus among themselves in favor of open borders. The left faction wants them to be constituents, future voters, and also to accelerate the cultural marginalization of white Americans. The anti-Trump Republicans want cheap labor as well as to show that they’re super sincere about their commitment to liberal universalism.

Are We a Real Country or an Idea?

Both halves of the ruling class are fundamentally liberal because both deny the importance of ethnic and cultural cohesion at home. Both deny that our nation exists for the safety and welfare of its citizens. Leaders on both sides denied that we are a nation with a common language, culture, habits, and origins, along with a right to continue as such.

The chief problem of massive and sustained third-world immigrants is not necessarily any one thing like crime, economic impact, or the effect on our domestic politics. The problem is more fundamental.

It is our country.

It is our home.

It belongs to us as citizens.

We get to decide who comes into our collective home, just as we get to decide individually who enters our actual homes. We do not need an elaborate explanation showing a “legitimate public policy reason” for excluding immigrants any more than we do for not wanting a stranger to enter our home. In other words, not wanting change or diversity is a completely normal and laudable human sentiment.

But Biden does not believe in that, and neither does most of his party—indeed, neither do a lot of Republicans among the Chamber of Commerce crowd. So Biden’s attempt to rebrand himself as the protector of the border rings hollow.

The border got this way because this is how Biden and his party want it. Far from it being a problem, they view the massive inflow of unskilled and unvetted third-world people as a positive good and a fulfillment of liberal principles.

The Democrats think the broke newcomers are future constituents for the many state-funded NGOs and agencies that hand out funds and provide nice hotels. No one worries much about the American citizens facing staggering housing costs and other economic difficulties as all this is happening.

For the liberal, treating these newcomers with any less courtesy than a Daughter of the American Revolution, a seventh-generation West Virginia coal miner, or an injured veteran of our military is RACIST. As Biden himself said, “Folks like me who are Caucasian of European descent for the first time in 2017 will be an absolute minority in the United States of America. . . . That’s not a bad thing, that’s a source of our strength.”

No, it’s not. The American people and the great bounty of the American continent are the source of our strength. But liberal universalism functions to turn our objective decline and displacement into a positive good. It is a form of false consciousness and brainwashing, but it’s also undeniably what motivates Joe Biden and the entire Democrat Party.

Everyone can see that their attempts to secure the border will be temporary, half-hearted, and a mere tactical retreat from their goal of completing the erasure of the historical American nation, demographically and otherwise.

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Christopher Roach is an adjunct fellow of the Center for American Greatness and an attorney in private practice based in Florida. He is a double graduate of the University of Chicago and has previously been published by The Federalist, Takimag, Chronicles, the Washington Legal Foundation, the Marine Corps Gazette, and the Orlando Sentinel. The views presented are solely his own.
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