Ken Cuccinelli: Many Immigrants in Holding Pattern on Court Date A group of migrants arrives illegally in the United States as they cross the Rio Grande in a raft guided by Mexican smugglers on March 29, 2021 in Roma, Texas. The group made up of individuals from mostly Central America countries turned themselves into the United States Border Patrol after crossing as they seek asylum in the United States. (Joe Raedle/Getty)
By Sandy Fitzgerald | Monday, 05 April 2021 03:07 PM
Many of the migrants who are being allowed to wait in the United States for asylum hearings aren't merely no-shows for the proceedings, but often aren't scheduled to be in court at all, Ken Cuccinelli, the former deputy secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, said Monday.
"They are not put in a deportation process," Cuccinelli, now a Heritage Foundation visiting fellow, said on Fox Business's "Mornings With Maria."
"The drop in deportations and the explosion of illegal crossings, those two are related because [President] Joe Biden told the world we will not deport you."
Biden, he added, "he all but invited everyone to come across that border no matter what, no matter whether they are COVID-positive or whether they are a criminal, they come across the border."
As a result, the border is seeing numbers of immigrants coming into the country that "we haven't seen in 15 or 20 years," said Cuccinelli. But even back then, most were Mexican male adults, not like the current situation with families and unaccompanied children reportedly coming into the country.
"The logistics of returning people back home was much, much simpler," said Cuccinelli. "It was a lot easier than the situation we are dealing with now. We are already overwhelmed and this is just the second month of the Biden effect…we are not on a good trajectory and it's clear that the administration knows what they need to do, but lacks the political will to face off with their own radical left base to actually implement the enforcement steps necessary to protect the United States."
Further, children are being packed into centers in high numbers, which creates a COVID danger, said Cuccinelli.
"Can you imagine if both that level of density of children had occurred under (former President Donald) Trump and the press hadn't been given access the way they've been censored under the Biden administration?" Cuccinelli said.
"The world would have exploded, right, and we see barely a peep out of the mainstream media. So it is an important story to cover, but let's not kid ourselves. This is intentional. This is not an accident. When you look at the amnesty bills that they're putting, the appease and, unfortunately, those are some Republican support and register automatically many of the people to vote when they encounter state agencies across the country, you see a long-term program by the radical left to bring in voters. That's what's happening at the southern border. It is a humanitarian crisis, but they see it as future voting opportunities."
Meanwhile, the Biden administration is sending a special envoy to the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador to address the root causes of the migrant surge, but Cuccinelli said allowing those countries monetary aid is not a good idea.
"Honduras in particular, we have court proof that they're corrupt, so, you know, the way President Trump handled that was to hold up their aid, not to give them more until we had cooperation and what happened, we got the best cooperation we've ever had on security, information sharing, breaking up migrant caravans of illegal aliens and so forth," said Cuccinelli.
But when Biden came into office and "shredded the agreements, a dozen agreements including the remain in Mexico program," that proved to be an incentive for immigrants to come to the United States illegally, said Cuccinelli
"They're unfortunately blocking legal immigration, stemming that tide, there's no silver bullet. You need a whole package of programs to do," said Cuccinelli.
He also called the administration's "biggest lie" is saying it inherited a broken system from Trump.
"They came in and systemically shredded what was in place and what we get is record-breaking illegal crossings during a pandemic," said Cuccinelli.