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Joe Biden Gets Angrier at People Who Enforce Immigration Laws Than at People Who Break Them

U.S. Border Patrol agents sit on horses near the banks of the Rio Grande River as migrants cross the river in Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, September 20, 2021. (Daniel Becerril/Reuters)

A few weeks ago, Charles Cooke wrote about President Biden’s propagating an “upside-down system,” in which he is spectacularly engaged in and energetic about things that don’t concern him whatsoever, and apathetic and uninvolved about things that are rightly his responsibility:

In the areas that don’t concern him in the slightest — say, the decisions of a given school board in Natrona County, Wyo. — Biden is engaged, combative, and near impossible to shut up. And in the areas over which he has a global monopoly on responsibility — say, a foreign-policy crisis that was the direct result of his own poor decision-making — he is impotent, shifty, and conspicuously elsewhere. As Biden claims, the buck often stops with him. Trouble is, it’s the wrong buck.

Today brings another example of Biden’s out-of-whack priorities in his stewardship of the presidency. His administration has acted in a spectacularly incompetent fashion in dealing with a surge of illegal trespassing on the southern border, issuing pointless statements and explanations to cover up the fact that its actions (and inactions) enabled the crisis and continue to facilitate it. Biden can barely be bothered to shore up border enforcement, much less actively to discourage people from continuing their illegal crossings.

He can, however, easily be prompted to join the pile-on over a fake narrative about Border Patrol agents using “whips” to secure the border. Here is what he said this morning:

“It was horrible to see what you saw, to see people treated like they did — horses barely running them over people being strapped,” Biden said at a press conference at the White House on Friday. “It’s outrageous. I promise you those people will pay.”

Biden added, “There will be consequences. It’s an embarrassment. But beyond an embarrassment is dangerous, it’s wrong.”

Biden is angrier at the people trying to enforce the nation’s laws than at the people trying to break them. (The border-patrol officers involved have reportedly been placed on administrative leave.) It’s hard to think of a more upside-down system than this. The real embarrassment here is Biden, and the situation he has created on our southern border.

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