When It Comes to Policy, Biden and Trump Aren’t That Different
Several of my friends have expressed relief now that Joe Biden is president and Donald Trump is gone. They no longer have to watch the news constantly, declaring that they know “the country is now in good hands.”
There’s no way to defend Trump’s poor behavior and insulting style. Yet, there is more to a president than his decorum. And on at least three signature Trump policies for which he’ll be remembered the most, often with dread, the similarities between Biden and Trump are unsettling.
Take immigration. President Biden campaigned against separating migrant kids from their families at the border. But, sadly, such separations are still happening. In fact, February 2021 recorded a 61 percent increase over January. As The Wall Street Journal editorialized, “The Washington Post reports that more than 8,500 migrant children are at facilities run by the Department of Health and Human Services, while another 3,500—’the highest figure ever’—are stuck at [Customs and Border Patrol] stations waiting for a spot to open at the shelters.”
While the Biden administration promised an end to Trump’s immigration policies, the sheer number of kids effectively still locked up in deplorable conditions exposes the Biden administration’s delayed action—or possibly unwillingness—to reform the underlying policies that drive migrant children to show up unaccompanied at the border.
For starters, families who show up to ask for asylum are sent back, while unaccompanied children who cross the borde
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