According to the U.S. Border Patrol, there are nearly four times as many migrant encounters at the southern border under President Joe Biden than under former President Donald Trump.
The average number of crossings under the current president reached totals of roughly 189,000 per month, compared to an average of just under 51,000 during Trump’s time in office.
Thursday on WVNN’s “The Yaffee Program,” former U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions said Biden’s policies are directly responsible for the current crisis at the border.
“I just think that President Trump had made real progress,” Sessions said, “and was on the pathway, if he’d been re-elected, to basically have a lawful system of immigration in America. One that serves the people’s interest. And it was thrown away, deliberately, systematically, almost immediately by Joe Biden when he changed the policies. It’s a tragedy to how much effort went into that.”
The former U.S. senator said voters need to send a message to Biden by voting against Democrats in the midterm elections.
“People don’t know how hard it was,” he said, “how frustrating it was, to gradually over time progress was being made, significant progress, it could of continued, and it was all wiped away. It’s just an absolute tragedy, and people responsible for it need to be voted out of office. The only thing they fear, the only thing they respect, is being voted out of power, and we need to send some of them packing.”
Sessions believes that Trump’s remain-in-Mexico policy was vital to securing the border under his presidency, and can’t understand why Biden would want to end the policy.
“The remain-in-Mexico policy was really a monumental achievement,” he said, “and Mexico agreed. He also had agreements with Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala. They didn’t want all their people leaving their countries. Whole towns were diluted of people in these countries … Biden administration ended remain in Mexico, which was the single greatest achievement of the Trump administration on immigration, and was the greatest failure of the Biden administration.”
Sessions said he’s not surprised at the number of people trying to enter illegally because the current policies act as an incentive to migrants wanting to come to America.
“We are now going to hit over 2 million arrested this year,” he said. “It is the largest numbers ever. Why? Because the whole world is beginning to understand that if you come across the Mexican border, you’re in! And so why wouldn’t we expect even more to come? We’ve got to reserve that message. We’ve got to put it in a circumstance where people know they’re not likely to be successful and those numbers will drop.”