It took less than three months for the Biden administration to create the biggest border crisis in decades.
Illegal crossings at our southern border are on track to hit their highest level in 20 years. The number of unaccompanied children crossing the border jumped by more than 80% between February and March. Border patrol is overwhelmed and exhausted, yet every day the situation gets worse.
This crisis did not happen by accident. It is the result of bad policy decisions and a naïve approach to our southern neighbors.
Most of this wave of illegal immigrants is coming from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. They cross through Mexico to reach our border. It’s not that the governments of those countries are anti-American. In fact, at least in Guatemala and Honduras, the governments are very friendly to us.
Rather, there is a disastrous combination of poverty, gang violence, and drug and human trafficking that puts heavy pressure on those governments to sometimes do less than they can to stop the migration of their people. American leadership is needed to get those countries to do the right thing.
At the United Nations, I knew that standing up to America’s enemies is a daily