Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden said during a campaign stop in California on Wednesday that the United States has an "obligation" to give healthcare to illegal aliens.
"I think that anyone who is in a situation where they're in need of healthcare, regardless of whether they are documented or undocumented, we have an obligation to see that they are cared for," Biden said in Los Angeles. "That's why I think we need more clinics around the country."
Biden dismissed the notion that many illegal aliens come into the United States illegally through the southern border despite the fact that immigration arrests along the border are at a 12-year high.
"U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detained 109,144 migrants along the boundary with Mexico last month, a 6 percent increase from March, as monthly arrests reached their highest point since 2007," The Washington Post reported. "Unauthorized border crossings have more than doubled in the past year, and they are on pace to exceed 1 million on an annual basis, as Guatemalan and Honduran families continue streaming north in record numbers with the expectation they will be quickly processed and released from custody."
"Our apprehension numbers are off the charts," Carla Provost, chief of the Border Patrol, told the Senate on Wednesday. "We cannot address this crisis by shifting more resources. It’s like holding a bucket under a faucet. It doesn’t matter how many buckets we have if we can’t turn off the flow.”
"My greatest concern is that we will no longer be able to deliver consequences and we will lose control of the border," Provost added.
HotAir noted that most people do not "appreciate how bad the situation is" until they read a new report where "the acting head of DHS starts describing the number of Guatemalans arriving in the U.S. as a percentage of the country’s total population."
At the federal, state, and local levels, taxpayers shell out approximately $134.9 billion to cover the costs incurred by the presence of more than 12.5 million illegal aliens, and about 4.2 million citizen children of illegal aliens. That amounts to a tax burden of approximately $8,075 per illegal alien family member and a total of $115,894,597,664. The total cost of illegal immigration to U.S. taxpayers is both staggering and crippling. In 2013, FAIR estimated the total cost to be approximately $113 billion. So, in under four years, the cost has risen nearly $3 billion.
The massive surge in illegal aliens crossing the southern border "is being fueled by lax U.S. policies, and particularly a court ruling in 2015 that illegal immigrant parents who travel with children must be released within 20 days," The Washington Times reported. "That is too little time to complete a court case, meaning the government has no choice but to set the families free on the vain hope that they return for deportation hearings."
The Washington Times added that federal immigration authorities have already released 168,000 illegal alien family members into U.S. communities this fiscal year.
"They have received the message loud and clear: Bring a child, you will be released," Provost said.