The State of the Union (SOTU) address is an opportunity for a sitting president, of either party, to broadcast a free infomercial for his administration, spinning it in the most positive light.
But even by SOTU standards, President Joe Biden’s address on February 7 was a real doozy.
What kind of positive spin could the president put on the ongoing border disaster?
Well, Biden made it sound like a real triumph of border security.
Of course, he didn’t mention the chaos, deaths and enormous expense to the American taxpayers.
Here’s what Biden said about immigration and the border:
And let’s also come together on immigration and make it a bipartisan issue once again. We know we now have a record number of personnel working to secure the border, arresting 8,000 human smugglers, seizing over 23,000 pounds of fentanyl in just the last several months.
We’ve launched a new border plan last month. Unlawful migration from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela has come down 97 percent as a consequence of that.
But American border problems won’t be fixed until Congress acts.
If we don’t pass my comprehensive immigration reform, at least pass my plan to provide the equipment and officers to secure the border. And a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, those on temporary status, farm workers, essential workers [Amnesty].
So there you have it folks. Nothing to worry about.
Biden says “unlawful migration” from Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Haiti dropped 97%.
Of course, Biden set up a special program enabling people from those four countries to directly apply for admission and an app so migrants can apply for an appointment to enter our country.
There are still plenty of people on the way to our borders. The news that Biden is letting people in has been noised abroad throughout the Third World.
The essential situation has not changed and the Biden Border Rush is still in full swing.
The Republican Party offered two official rebuttals to Biden’s SOTU.
One was delivered in Spanish by Rep. Juan Ciscomani, the first Mexican immigrant elected to Congress in Arizona.
I believe all American political speeches should be in English, so I don’t agree with this.
However, since Ciscomani’s speech is out there, I will report that he did say we need to “aumentar la seguridad fronteriza” [increase border security] as part of a laundry list of things we should do. Thanks for that.
The English-language response to Biden’s SOTU was given by Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Gov. Sanders said Biden inherited, among other advantages, “The most secure border in history,” but "despite Democrats’ trillions in reckless spending and mountains of debt, we now have the worst border crisis in American history.”
"100,000 Americans a year are now killed from drug overdoses, largely from fentanyl pouring in across our southern border. Yet the Biden administration refuses to secure the border and save American lives,” she said .
“President Biden is unwilling to defend our border, defend our skies, and defend our people. He is unfit to serve as commander-in-chief.”
There was yet another response to Biden’s SOTU.
The "REAL" State of the Union was delivered by our former president, Donald Trump, who said this:
“Here's the real State of the Union: over the past two years, under Biden, millions and millions of illegal aliens from 160 different countries have stormed across our Southern border, drug cartels are now raking in billions of dollars from smuggling poison to kill our people and to kill our children.”
“Savage killers, rapists and violent criminals are being released from jail to continue their crime wave and under Biden the murder rate has reached the highest in the history of our country.”
Trump reminded his audience that he is running for president “to end the destruction of our country and to complete the unfinished business of making America great again we will make our country better than ever before and we will always put America First.”
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