Biden Says He’ll “Shut Down the Border” (But Only After 5,000 Cross Every Day)

Oh, shut down the border, you say?



Bidding to salvage a border deal in Congress that also would unlock money for Ukraine, President Joe Biden offered fresh assurances Saturday night that he would be willing to close the U.S.-Mexico border if lawmakers would only send him a bill to sign.

Biden — also eager to disarm GOP criticism of his handling of migration at the border — said at a political event in South Carolina that he would shut down the border ’“right now” if Congress passed the proposed deal. The framework hasn’t been formally agreed to by Senate Democrats and Republicans and would face an uncertain future in the GOP-controlled House.

“A bipartisan bill would be good for America and help fix our broken immigration system and allow speedy access for those who deserve to be here, and Congress needs to get it done,” Biden said. “It’ll also give me as president, the emergency authority to shut down the border until it could get back under control. If that bill were the law today, I’d shut down the border right now and fix it quickly.”

The deal being negotiated in Congress would require the U.S. to shutter the border if roughly 5,000 migrants cross illegally on any given day. Some one-day totals last year exceeded 10,000.

In a written statement on Friday evening, Biden said the deal would allow him “a new emergency authority” to close the border. He added: “And if given that authority, I would use it the day I sign the bill into law.”

The “shut down” has some nice-sounding things in it, but here’s the thing: the “shutdown” only comes after a “daily limit” of 5,000 immigrants is reached.

That’s 1.8 million people per year, which is not as bad as what we’ve got now, but is still not exactly what I would call a “shut down.” (Also, they won’t even honor this anyway.)

Bill Melugin has the details of the agreement here:

This conversation is stupid.

I’m so tired of hearing about this stupid “Ukraine, Israel, Borders” bill of Joe Biden’s. This has been going on for months.