Biden, Harris won’t address migrant surge’s ‘root causes’ because they are one

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Border Patrol agents nabbed about 168,000 people crossing at the southern border in March, a 20-year high. Yet neither President Joe Biden nor Vice President Kamala Harris, who he’s put in charge of dealing with the “root causes” of the migrant surge, has deigned to visit the border — or, indeed, done anything to address the crisis, including its “root causes.” It’s clear they simply don’t care.

Biden’s “border czar” last month admitted the administration has been sending “mixed messages” to migrants. Was that honest frustration part of why she announced her resignation Friday, not even three months into her tenure?

Central Americans don’t seem to think the messages are mixed at all: The number of illegal-migrant encounters at the border rose more than 71 percent from February to March because Biden’s policies say “Come on in!” His first day in office, the prez ordered the end of all wall-building at the border and a 100-day pause on deportations.

And he hasn’t looked back, despite the record-high numbers of migrants and, worse, unaccompanied minors in federal custody. His 2022 budget plan calls for a 16 percent hike in domestic spending — but not a cent for border security.

The only move Team Biden has even considered is sending cash to Central Americans to keep them where they are. It offered no details, with now-exiting border czar Roberta Jacobson saying simply, “The one thing I can promise you is the US government isn’t going to be handing out money or checks to people.” Yet most of the aid America has sent to the region has gone to corrupt governments — why does Biden think his money will somehow change the game?

Taxpayers are already spending more than $60 million a week for the 16,500 unaccompanied minors in custody. Biden and Harris called the facilities housing them inhumane when Donald Trump was in the White House, but their administration has a record number of kids in custody. Their policies only encourage families to send their kids on the dangerous trek. Smugglers literally dropped a 3- and a 5-year-old over the border, and still the pair do nothing to discourage the practice.

But of course, they can’t address the “root causes” of the surge without admitting the huge part their own policies play. Expect things to get worse.

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