Pictured: A Texas National Guard soldier guides a column of illegal border-crossers near the bank of the Rio Grande on April 29, 2021 in Roma, Texas. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
The Latin expression "cui bono?" has been used by law enforcement officials and prosecutors for centuries to examine and evaluate criminal conduct in order to identify the most likely suspects and determine questions of motive. For nearly every crime, there must be a motive, a means, and an opportunity. When examining the ongoing criminal activity along the U.S.-Mexican border, any serious analysis requires the application of the cui bono investigative and legal concept.
With the advent of the Biden administration, we have seen a 180-degree turn -- a complete reversal -- of the Trump administration's "get tough" enforcement of federal immigration, drug enforcement, and national security laws along the Mexican border. The Biden administration has made a deliberate decision to abandon the application and enforcement of federal law. Why?
This is the crux of the public policy analysis and argument that illuminates the Biden administration's motives. How will the Biden administration fulfill its sworn official duty to uphold and defend the constitution and laws of the United States by willfully ignoring and failing to carry out legal obligations?
Here are the specific questions that need to be answered:
- What benefit, goal, or objective is achieved by not enforcing federal law?
- How is the American public made safer in their homes and businesses?
- How are American lives and property protected?
- How is it compassionate to materially cooperate with Mexican criminal enterprises like cartels and human smugglers in the exploitation of humans supposedly seeking a better life?
The only rational explanation for the Biden administration's policy position is a crassly political one. Border policy decisions are all tied to the immigration question and the apparent desire to affect long-term voting demographics, skewing it in favor of the Democrat Party. This is a "long term investment strategy" at the expense of the American tax-paying citizen, for the political benefit of the current party in power.
Rarely have we seen federal policy radically skewed and exploited for the clearly partisan benefit of one political party. Border communities bear the frontline brunt of Biden's policies, but the total fabric of America's healthcare, education, housing and social services are being shredded to pay for Biden's new voters.
This is a betrayal of American citizens, who have a sacred compact under the Constitution requiring their government to defend borders and provide safety for their homes and businesses. In addition, it is insidious and demoralizing that U.S. law enforcement agents are put in the position to carry out the last leg of a human-smuggling journey by being ordered to let apprehended illegals go; often buying bus or airplane tickets from their operating funds for their travel to the interior of the United States.
Biden's border crisis deepens and broadens exponentially on a daily basis. You may not know that from news media coverage. The only question threatening the administration is whether broad public understanding and realized consequences of Biden's border crisis can be contained until the midterm elections. That prospect looks doubtful. Despite a host of militant socialist initiatives being advanced by the administration across a number of public policy issues, the Biden border crisis will rise to the number one position when Americans go to the polls in November 2022. Its overt criminality and reckless disregard for the law will be remembered.
The administration's sponsorship of outlaw behavior and endorsement of criminality cannot be talked away or excused. Too many communities across the country are already experiencing -- with much more in the coming months -- the impact of Biden's abandonment of the enforcement of the law.
The question, then, is cui bono -- who benefits? Certainly not American citizens. It is essential for American citizens to deprive the Biden administration of its hoped-for "benefit". An administration cannot politically distort law enforcement and compromise national security to pad their voter rolls. Justice demands equal enforcement under the law, not playing favorites and granting extraordinary benefits to non-citizens that ordinary Americans do not enjoy under their own Constitution.
Each of us is called to demand attention and accountability on all matters pertaining to border security. This includes legal immigration enforcement, aggressive drug enforcement, and counterterrorism efforts to ensure U.S. national security. This will be accomplished through personal activism -- each American has a role to play, starting with civic engagement at the local level regarding the crises Biden has created, all the way up to communicating with members of Congress. Chiefs of police and city council members should understand these matters as clearly as members of Congress and Senators, because President Biden has now moved the Mexican border to each American's hometown.
Chris Farrell is Director of Investigations at Judicial Watch and Distinguished Senior Fellow at Gatestone Institute.
Shea Garrison, Ph.D. is President of Counterpoint Institute for Policy, Research, and Education (CIPRE) and Affiliated Faculty and Policy Fellow at George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government.