Published August 16, 2022
Illegal border crossings remain near record highs despite the searing summer heat, yet the crisis has barely broken through the media’s focus on the recently passed climate and health-care package and other purported “wins” for President Biden. That lack of attention is bad — both for the country and for Biden.
What’s going on along the border with Mexico is scandalous. Thousands of migrants illegally cross it every day, often with no interaction with the overworked Border Patrol. That agency nonetheless reports massive numbers of apprehensions each month. Nearly 163,000 people were encountered at the border in July, a huge number for a brutally hot summer month.
Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, studies and provides commentary on American politics. His work focuses on how America’s political order is being upended by populist challenges, from the left and the right. He also studies populism’s impact in other democracies in the developed world.