WASHINGTON, DC, Mar 4 – The invasion of the U.S. by illegal immigrants at our southern border plays second fiddle to the invasion of Ukraine. Rightfully so. What is happening there is a shooting war that is taking innocent lives in great numbers and that threatens to spark World War III. It puts the threat posed by the surging ranks of undocumented migrants on the back burner.
Nonetheless, while our attention is focused on the greater threat of a global nuclear war, the assault at our southern border continues to escalate. The Center for Immigration Studies [CIS] reports that: “An analysis of the Census Bureau’s monthly Current Population Survey (CPS) from January 2022 shows that the total immigrant population (legal and illegal) in the U.S., hit 46.6 million — the highest number ever in American history. Immigrants are also referred to by the government as the ‘foreign-born.’ The growth and size of the immigrant population in the CPS are important because, unlike arrival figures for legal immigrants or border apprehensions, the CPS measures the total number of foreign-born people living in the country, which is what ultimately determines immigration’s impact on American society.”
The CIS report shows that between the time President Biden’s election campaign was in full swing and through the end of his first year in office, in January 2022, a record number of immigrants, legal and illegal – nearly 2.2 million of them — took up residency in the U.S. No wonder, when you consider the way he “promised” the illegals that when elected he would overturn Donald Trump’s border policies.
What was not so obvious until now is how far candidate Biden would go. For example, just recently, in early February, his U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services [USCIS] agency made quite a startling switch in how it describes itself. It used to be that the agency was officially charged with administering “the nation’s lawful immigration system, safeguarding its integrity and promise by efficiently and fairly adjudicating requests for immigration benefits while protecting Americans, securing the homeland, and honoring our values.” Under the Biden administration, the USCIS drastically edited its mission statement, which now reads, to uphold “America’s promise as a nation of welcome and possibility with fairness, integrity, and respect for all we serve.” They not-so-subtly did away with the part about “lawful immigration.”
President Trump’s USCIS director, Ken Cuccinelli, was among those who objected, telling the Epoch Times, “When we’ve got an invasion at the border, this is what USCIS chooses to spend their time on. This is just another example of Left-wing busy-bodies shirking their duty to Americans and not protecting our border.”
Meanwhile, there has been a limited but surprising shake-up among Latino voters who see Mr. Biden and the progressive left as a potential threat.
Jennifer Medina, a Latina political reporter for the New York Times, recently published a lengthy story about the advances Republicans have made gaining support in Hispanic communities in South Texas. It’s no longer true that Hispanic citizens are automatically Democrats.
Mayra Flores proved it last week when she won the Republican primary in District 34 in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley apparently got an earful of complaints about it. During her campaign, it appears her would-be constituents gave Ms. Flores an earful. “I hear every day that they’re tired — they feel that there is so much attention and help being given to the immigrants. The attention’s on all these illegal immigrants, and not on them.”
Reporter Medina says she talked with “dozens” of Hispanic voters and candidates for her story who believe Democrats are out to destroy “a Latino culture built around God, family, and patriotism … The Trump-era anti-immigrant rhetoric of being tough on the border and building the wall has not repelled these voters from the Republican Party or struck them as anti-Hispanic bigotry. Instead, it has drawn them in.”