Biden’s ‘inconsistent’ policies helped ‘skyrocket’ death toll amid border crisis: WaPo editorial
The Washington Post editorial board blames President Biden’s “inconsistent policies” for the rising toll of migrant deaths amid the ongoing crisis on the southern border of the United States.
In a Saturday editorial, the board argued that the “inconsistency” of Biden’s border policy was represented in the highest recorded number of migrant deaths since the statistic began to be systematically tracked in 2014, accused the administration of having given a “green light” to migrants. to attempt the perilous journey from Central America, and implored his team to adopt a more “convincing” position on the border.
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“Desperation south of the border with Mexico has long produced a gruesome toll: deaths in the desert and elsewhere along the routes taken by migrants to head north,” the board wrote. “That toll has skyrocketed over the past year to its highest level since 2014, when the carnage was first documented systematically. Its causes are manifold, but this is in part an accusation by the inconsistency in President Biden’s border policy. ”
He noted that in 2021, migrants attempting to make the dangerous journey to the border have defied the trends of previous years and continued to move north during the summer months, when temperatures can reach heights. dangerous. According to US Customs and Border Protection, there were more than 200,000 encounters with migrants at the border in July.
“Many would-be immigrants took courage in the election of Mr. Biden, who made it clear that he would adopt policies that were less gratuitously cruel than those of his predecessor. predictable procedures governing admissions, ”the board wrote.
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He added that the failure of the Biden administration to establish such procedures “has entailed human and political costs” and listed various inconsistencies in its policies, such as warning migrants against travel, but then admitting those who didn’t listen to the US anyway once they got there.
“The administration’s series of inconsistent policies have been received in Central America and other countries as a green light for migration, or at least a flashing yellow light. Illegal crossings have increased and with them the number of body has increased, “the board wrote, citing the International Organization for Migration’s Missing Migrants Project report of 650 migrant deaths at the border in fiscal year 2021.
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He added that the number represented a 24% increase from 2019, the year of the previous pre-pandemic record, and a 58% increase from 2016, the deadliest year under the Obama administration.
“The factors that drive people to leave their homes in Central America and elsewhere remain powerful: appalling living standards, exacerbated by covid-19; dysfunctional governance; formidable crime and violence; and now, natural disasters, often linked to climate change, ”the council wrote.
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“These will not be erased quickly. In the meantime, however, the administration needs a stronger position on the border. Otherwise, more lives will be lost,” he added.