The political uproar born out of the Haitian migrant caravan that gathered at a makeshift camp in Del Rio, Texas, laid bare the months-long internal rift between political appointees with immensely different opinions about immigration.
Even leftist outlets highlighted the infighting within the Biden administration, stressing that it had drawn Democrat lawmakers into a rare political battle with the White House, many of them lambasting the president about his handling of the Haitian migrant disaster.
Biden’s approach to immigration led by officials whose disagreements have become an obstacle to any solutions seems to be tearing his administration apart.
President Biden appointed progressives adverse to minimal enforcement of U.S. immigration laws and relatively “moderate” advocates of utilizing the law to prevent future caravans of illegal aliens to high-level positions at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
CNN conceded on September 16 that setting both camps in charge of making consequential choices triggered the infighting that has already “stalled decision making on key issues” that may have prevented the Del Rio debacle.
The much different viewpoints between the two groups eventually yielded a “schizophrenic” and incoherent immigration policy that tries to appease both the progressives and the less-radical “others.”
Citing unnamed government officials on September 23, BuzzFeed reported that a leadership vacuum at DHS had fed the growing tensions over immigration.
“There is a complete lack of direction,” one of 30 unnamed Biden officials interviewed by BuzzFeed declared.
Officials started to defect from the Biden camp as the DHS grappled with the thousands of primarily Haitian migrants collected at the now-cleared camp in Del Rio from September 12 to 24, among other significant challenges.
Robert Law, the director of regulatory affairs and policy for the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), announced to Breitbart News that both progressives and “moderate” political appointees are abandoning the Biden ship.
“The DHS specific resignations were ‘moderate’ political appointees who tried to be the voice of reason but were rebuffed by the likes of [DHS Secretary Alejandro] Mayorkas and … the White House,” he stated.
“On the other hand, the non-DHS resignations I view as coming from the far left progressive end who are outraged by even token enforcement such as sending a small number of Haitians back to Haiti,” he continued.
He warned that the DHS resignations are “troubling because the only appointees left are extremists who despise immigration enforcement and want to give the entire world’s population an immigration benefit here regardless of eligibility.”