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The Heritage Foundation’s homeland security team responded Friday to President Joe Biden’s falsehood-filled interview with NBC News, which was released that day. The president made numerous false or misleading statements about immigration and the border crisis during the interview, prompting these experts to correct the record. (The Daily Signal is the news outlet of The Heritage Foundation.)
Biden inherited “one God-awful mess at the border” from the Trump administration.
The border crisis is entirely of the Biden administration’s own making, and it’s critical to understand the context in which it’s happening.
In the final months of the Trump administration, we saw border apprehensions increase because more people were coming illegally in the hopes of a Biden election victory. However, it wasn’t until the Biden administration took office that monthly apprehensions exploded, as Department of Homeland Security numbers make clear.
This administration inherited a border that was under control thanks to strong and effective action by the Trump administration. In May 2019—the height of the 2019 crisis—140,000 illegal aliens were caught crossing the border. However, by November 2019, this number was down to 42,000, and by April 2020, apprehensions were down to about 17,000.
This decrease was thanks to the Migrant Protection Protocols, which essentially eliminated fraudulent asylum claims at the southern border; asylum cooperative agreements with Northern Triangle countries, which gave individuals the ability to apply for protection closer to their home country instead of the southern border; and more construction of the border wall.
Every single one of these effective policies was still in place on Jan. 20, 2021, when Biden undid them with the stroke of a pen in the first days of his administration. We’ve seen the numbers skyrocket since. Biden inherited the most secure border in U.S. history, and promptly blew it apart.