Former President Barack Obama is a man who routinely pushed for open borders when he was in office, but he recently admitted that these ideas are “unsustainable”, and that is something that will probably break his former vice president in half.
Obama made that statement when he was commenting on the Biden Administration’s ongoing immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexican border during an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” last Tuesday.
“Immigration is tough. It always has been because, on the one hand, I think we are naturally a people that wants to help others. And we see tragedy and hardship and families that are desperately trying to get here so that their kids are safe, and they’re in some cases fleeing violence or catastrophe,” Obama said.
“At the same time, we’re a nation-state. We have borders. The idea that we can just have open borders is something that … as a practical matter, is unsustainable,” he added.
In another portion of the interview, the former president described the scenes at Del Rio, Texas as “heartbreaking” and “a painful reminder that we don’t have this right yet and we’ve got more work to do.”
Almost 15,000 migrants, the majority of which were Haitian, were reportedly camped under a bridge in squalid conditions in Del Rio as part of a surge of border crossings in recent weeks. Last Sunday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas admitted that no, Biden had not repatriated the migrants as they had originally promised. Instead, they had released as much as 12,000 of them into the United States.
This is the latest installment in a disastrous episode that has seen well over a million migrants flooding the country in the hopes that they will receive lenient treatment from the Biden Administration. Biden hasn’t gotten tough on them though. Instead, he keeps releasing these migrants directly into the United States without a court date.
The federal government continues to force the hand of state and local governments, many of whom are stepping up to defend the border on their own.
Even though there is obvious evidence to the contrary, Obama continues to insist that America is in good hands with his former vice president at the helm.
“As big-hearted as he is, nobody understands that better than Joe Biden,” he argued. “And the question is now: Are we gonna get serious about dealing with this problem in a systematic way, as opposed to these one-offs where we’re constantly reacting to emergencies? And I think that that’s something that every American should wanna put an end to.”