Biden: I have more important things to do than visit the U.S.-Mexico border

Today Joe Biden visited to tour a Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. facility in the process of being constructed in Phoenix, Arizona, which — coincidentally or not — is nearly as far away from Georgia’s runoff election today as possible within the continental US. Biden wants to promote his green-energy and “investment” policies. However, Biden won’t bother traveling to the border to see the outcome of his Homeland Security policies and the border-crisis catastrophe they have created.

Apparently, border security and human trafficking pale in presidential importance to gladhanding photo ops in front of chip factories.

When a reporter asked Biden why he would come to Arizona and not visit the border, the president said visiting the border is not a priority. 

"Because there are more important things going on,” Biden said. “They're gonna invest billions of dollars in a new enterprise.”

As Biden points out, TSMC is investing $40 billion in its Phoenix semiconductor plant. 

The National Border Patrol Council, a labor union representing United States Border Patrol employees, ripped Biden for his comment.

“No surprise that Biden doesn't think the border crisis is ‘important’ or worthy of visiting/bringing attention to,” the union tweeted. “What is happening at the border is exactly what he wants-rampant lawlessness along with a new all-time record for escapes in November. To him, that's a win-win.”

Biden's remark comes at a time when attempts to cross the U.S.-Mexico border are at an all-time high. 

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents had more than two million migrant encounters along the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal year 2022; it was the first time there had ever been that many on record. 

There are more important things than the border crisis? That’s certainly not true of this visit to this new manufacturing site in Phoenix. TMSC is indeed investing $40 billion in its chip manufacturing here in the US, but it’s not because Joe Biden might show up once and pay a visit. They aren’t going to shut down the plant merely because Biden might take a side trip to look at the disaster at the border, either. In fact, Taiwan-based TMSC may well be even more highly attuned for the role a firm and controlled border has in allowing for investment in business operations.

Even then, this might be excusable if Biden had made a few recent visits to see the crisis in person. However, Biden has never visited the border as president, not even a single time. At times the White House has claimed that Biden has visited the border.

This should have Republicans in the House and Senate even more wary of the latest immigration-reform compromise floated out on Capitol Hill. Biden’s still evading responsibility for his failures and the catastrophe he created on the southern border, and this new package looks like it will make things worse by increasing incentives to cross the border in the next few months without appreciably adding to border security. Biden won’t go to the border because that would force media outlets to give more attention to the crisis. The compromise bill would then allow Biden and his media allies to claim that the crisis is “old news” and has already been addressed.

There are few things more important at the federal level right now than getting border security fixed. Biden needs to be held accountable and forced into the correct policies to the extent possible. His scoffing at the crisis is an insult to our intelligence — and he shouldn’t be allowed to get off the hook for his dereliction of duty.

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