The House of Representatives has justifiably levied charges of impeachable offenses against President Joe Biden for his gross dereliction of responsibility in securing the nation’s southern border. While the president’s defenders have sought to downplay the severity of the situation, the fact remains that Biden has utterly failed to address a crisis of unprecedented magnitude.
The gravity of the situation is irrefutable. Since Biden took office, the number of apprehensions at the border has more than doubled, with a record number of unaccompanied minors being apprehended. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection has reported an alarming surge in illegal crossings, and the influx of migrants has overwhelmed the system.
The Biden administration has done little to alleviate the issue, instead choosing to focus its efforts on reversing Trump-era immigration policies, rather than taking concrete steps to stem the tide of illegal immigration. This has only exacerbated the situation, as the dismantling of the previous administration’s immigration enforcement measures has created a vacuum of security along the border.
The president’s abdication of responsibility has had dire consequences. In the absence of effective border security, the U.S. has seen an increase in crime, human trafficking, and drug smuggling. The influx of migrants has also put a strain on resources, with emergency shelters overflowing and healthcare workers struggling to meet the needs of an ever-growing population.
In light of these facts, it is clear that the president has committed an impeachable offense by failing to uphold his oath of office and protect the nation’s borders. The House of Representatives was right to hold him accountable, and it is now up to the Senate to ensure that the president is held to account for his negligence.