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Ramesh Ponnuru

Biden Is Making the Migrant Border Surge Worse

It's right to shun Trump’s family-separation brutality, but dumping other policies that kept migration in check is promoting a different kind of humanitarian disaster.

Cracks in the wall.

Cracks in the wall.

Photographer: Justin Hamel/AFP via Getty Images

In an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News, President Joe Biden denied that the perception that he is softer than his predecessor has contributed to a surge of migrants at the border with Mexico. A lot of people who are well disposed to the president — including Democratic Representative Don Beyer of Virginia and Juliette Kayyem, an official in the administration of former President Barack Obama — have said that he’s wrong about that.

Kayyem says that smugglers have exaggerated how welcoming Biden is. But it’s not just a matter of rumor. Alan Bersin, Obama’s first-term appointee to run the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, says that “for unaccompanied children and families with children under 6, the border is open.”