Politico gets weird: Biden keeps ‘southern border largely closed’
Politico’s Anita Kumar reported that the White House named an Obama elder named Lucas Guttentag as “Senior Advisor on Immigration Policy:” Guttentag will not only help dismantle the policies of the Trump era, but will coordinate Biden policy across various agencies and departments. “
But the story got strange near the end, in paragraph fifteen:
His appointment comes as the White House continues to keep the southern border largely closed during the pandemic, preventing migrants from seeking asylum, despite mounting legal challenges and renewed criticism from allies about the 16-month lockdown.
But wait then there is reality: “Overall, US authorities detained migrants about 210,000 times at the border in July, up from 188,829 in June and the highest in more than 20 years.” Jonathan Turcotte of the Senate Republican National Committee pointed out and laughed on Twitter:
ha ha ha @political it says the southern border is “largely closed.”
Have you been living under a rock?
– Jonathan Turcotte (@Turcotte_JPT) August 3, 2021
The NRSC noted in April that Politico was promoting a “migration crisis” under Trump. Sarah Ferris reported on June 21, 2019:
House Democrats will soon vote on a measure that some of their members once considered unthinkable: handing over billions of dollars to the Trump administration to tackle the migration crisis on the southern border …
Thursday’s presentations are the latest of several outreach meetings led by House Appropriations Committee Chair Nita Lowey (DN.Y.) as well as Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) And Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) How the caucus has elaborated its response to the border crisis.
And again in July 3, 2019:
Privately this week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders have pledged to continue to intensify their response to the migration crisis, with plans to demand more protections for detainees, possibly through an upcoming spending bill, according to various legislators.
It is the worst in 20 years and yet the word “crisis” is nowhere to be found. Mass immigration is apparently not a “crisis” … why is it a strategy?