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March 11, 2023

A federal judge in Florida ruled in favor of the state and struck down President Biden’s “catch and release” border policy. That’s where, instead of stopping illegal migrants or turning them back, they are captured on the US side of the border then released into America on the pretense that something will be done to deal with them later, which seldom happens.

The judge ruled that Biden’s program violates the law, it’s turned the border into a meaningless line in the sand and our immigration laws into no more than a speedbump, and it imposes an undue burden on the states. He ordered Biden to adopt a new, lawful policy to fix the chaos he’s created and protect the American people (could we make that a blanket order?) But the order is on hold for seven days to give Biden a chance to appeal it, which I’m sure he will because he actually believes he’s doing a great job on the border.

Speaking of the undue burden Biden’s open border has imposed on states and US citizens, we can now put a number on that. According to a new analysis by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, there are more than 15.5 million illegal aliens in the United States, and they’re costing taxpayers about $182 billion a year at the local, state and federal level. As for the argument that they contribute more than they cost, FAIR found that they contribute $32 billion a year to the economy for a net cost to taxpayers of just over $150 billion.

On the other hand, that’s just a drop in the bucket compared to how much Biden has cost us in other ways.  Like his reported plans to propose over $2 trillion in tax hikes, including hiking income taxes on people making over $400,000, placing a 25% minimum tax on billionaires, nearly doubling the capital gains tax, and increasing the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28%. These ideas would kill the already struggling economy, depress job creation and increase consumer prices even more during a period of crippling inflation, which  is why Republicans say they will be dead on arrival in the House.

The White House argues that massive tax hikes are necessary to reduce the deficit. Otherwise, they might have to do something drastic and unthinkable, like spend less.


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