With immigration, Biden tries ‘Open Windows’ theory

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Rudy Giuliani’s reputation has suffered recently, but 30 years ago he was ‘America’s Mayor’, the New York crusader who staved off crime by operationalizing James Wilson’s ‘broken windows theory’ and George Kelling. The idea is that taking petty crimes seriously sends a message of intolerance for law-breaking more generally. People take shape.

Under Giuliani, police targeted and prosecutors punished begging, subway turnstile jumping and other petty crimes. By 1996, theft had dropped by about 40%. Murders dropped from 2,605 in 1990 to just 649 in 2001.

When it comes to immigration policy, President Joe Biden seems to be trying an open windows theory. Imagine leaving your windows open all day and night in New York or Washington, DC. You’re likely to lose a few cases at best.

On the southern border, Biden sent the message that America’s windows are wide open, and people from Vietnam to Venezuela heard it loud and clear.

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People may wonder if the “broken windows” approach was responsible for the sharp drop in crime, but New Yorkers knew they felt safer for a while. Now, however, rogue prosecutors like New York’s Alvin Bragg are releasing repeat criminals with criminal records so atrocious it’s not a question of if they’ll reoffend but when. A New York thief has been arrested 101 times and convicted 15 times. Another got his 41st arrest for assaulting a subway worker. Some people just aren’t sure about going out.

As New York releases offenders with dozens of prior convictions, crimes predictably increase. As Wilfred Reilley wrote in Hate crime hoax; “Where bad behavior is rewarded, more will happen.”

That’s what happens at the border, where bad behavior gets you a ticket. A memo recently released by the Department of Homeland Security claimed that Venezuelans were arriving at the US border with a “misunderstood perception of Temporary Protected Status.” This program defers the enforcement of immigration laws against people from countries facing various types of emergencies.

But why should Venezuelans care if they are too late for the March 9, 2021 deadline to apply for Temporary Protected Status? They will still be allowed to enter the United States, free to move around, find work, legal or not, educate their children and rent housing. That’s why at least 150,000 known Venezuelans crossed illegally last year, well after the Temporary Protected Status window closed.

The administration’s occasional half-hearted “don’t come” declarations are drowned out by the roar of Mayorkas’ migration machine, which has allowed more than a million illegal immigrants to cross the border and into the immigration limbo.

Under the direction of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, agents round up illegal passers-by and give them an immigrant number. The department then grants them “humanitarian” or “significant public interest” parole and tells them to report to Immigration and Customs Enforcement later. Illegal immigrants then apply for asylum or enter the black hole of a backlog of 10 million cases. An unknown number of them simply disappear from the radar and go on with their lives.

The process is a gross abuse of the limited parole authority granted by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act.

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Lately, the Biden administration has created new immigration programs with catchy names like “Unite for Ukraine” and “Volunteer for Venezuela.” The latter can obtain a faster work permit for some Venezuelans, but only at the cost of a longer wait outside the country. Those who are not easy to obtain these 24,000 “Volunteer for Venezuela” visas will surely not give up because they do not qualify. In fact, the Guatemalan government just announced that over 2,000 of them are gathering there for the journey through Mexico to our border.

Biden has been testing his open windows theory for over a year. It has proven to be very effective in enticing millions of people to illegally cross our borders. Most are economic migrants fleeing bad governments, high crime and dysfunctional economies. A few thousand have a criminal record. All are settling in an America that is increasingly unable to absorb them at the current pace, with overwhelmed schools, medical care and emergency social housing in major cities across the country.

This disastrous social experiment must end. Biden must take border enforcement seriously, require asylum seekers to stay in Mexico while their cases move through the system, and sign asylum cooperation agreements with other countries to prevent lure dangerous from its open border.

Winter is coming. It’s time to close the windows.

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