Biden Considers Executive Action To Close Border At 4,000 Daily Crossings

President Joe Biden is planning an executive order that would allow him to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border once the number of migrant crossings reaches 4,000 per day, a source close to the White House told the New York Post on Wednesday. The order would match a provision in the failed bipartisan border bill from February.

The legislative proposal would have given the homeland security secretary discretionary authority to carry out removals but would have made deportations mandatory when illegal entries surpassed 5,000 per day over a one-week period. A federal government source confirmed that an executive order to limit entries was coming, though it was unclear when it would be announced.

In March, the most recent month for which statistics are available southwestern border authorities stopped an average of more than 6,300 migrants per day, a figure which does not include so-called “gotaways” who escaped detection and arrest.

The US Border Patrol currently has more than 10,000 migrants in custody nationwide, according to internal Customs and Border Protection data exclusively obtained by The Post.

A spokeswoman for House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) said the executive order would “prove” the president “doesn’t need Congress to pass legislation to take action on the border.”

In January Biden insisted that lawmakers had to approve the border bill before he could take further action to limit illegal immigration telling reporters he had “done all I can do.”
However, the president has changed his tune since public polling has consistently shown that he faces an uphill battle for reelection in November, with illegal immigration and enhanced border enforcement ranked as a top concern for voters.

The administration recently introduced new restrictions for asylum interviews taking place at the southern border to allow officers to quickly remove migrants who don’t have a “credible fear” of returning to their home country from the US.

Meanwhile, congressional Democrats have shifted their own border messaging. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is also considering resurrecting the failed border legislation. In February, the bill came short of the 60-vote filibuster threshold by 11 votes, five of whom were Democrats.

The bill is purely a political attempt to assure their voters that something is being done, as the bill does not aim at stopping the ongoing border invasion but only managing and expediting the massive and unsustainable migrant surge.

By October, more than 8 million migrants are expected to be living in the country according to a court docket of asylum cases involving non-US citizens released into the nation.