Reports: Biden Weighing Executive Actions on Border

    Reports: Biden Weighing Executive Actions on Border
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    The Facts

    • According to several published reports, US Pres. Joe Biden is mulling new executive actions and federal regulations — some previously used by predecessor, former Pres. Donald Trump — to stymie illegal migration across the southern border without congressional approval.

    • Biden is reportedly studying part of Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Under that section, presidents can block entry of certain immigrants who are considered "detrimental" to the national interest of the US.


    The Spin

    Republican narrative

    While the 2024 election is grows nearer, the crisis at the border is getting worse, so Biden is finally considering doing what Republicans have been telling him to do all along. His inaction in the face of a Southern invasion is either a sign of ineptitude or total disinterest, or both. Either way, we'll find out soon if Biden will start taking US security seriously.

    Democratic narrative

    The White House is only considering what it might be able to do to further restrict illegal migration, and there's still a chance none of these policies will be enacted. However, Biden is only seeking out workarounds because the obstructionist Republicans killed a bill that would've implemented tighter restrictions and provided the resources to enforce them. If the US is less safe because of a crisis at the border, it's the Republicans' fault.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 50% chance that the rate of immigration enforcement in the US in 2024, as a percentage of removals to encounters, will be at least 7%, according to the Metaculus prediction community.


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