The Biden administration has been unsuccessful at ensuring the security of the U.S. and should examine Poland’s example if it wants to successfully secure the southern border, according to the Polish government minister, Marcin Romanowski.
Poland is building a wall on its border with Belarus after thousands of illegal migrants attempted to cross its border in August. The EU accused Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenka of inciting the wave of migrants and trying to destabilize Poland.
“Tens of thousands of migrants from the Middle East arrived by air to Minsk and then were transported to the border,” Under Secretary of State for the Ministry of Justice Romanowski said Friday.
“Only thanks to the rapid, energetic and responsible reaction of the Polish Government and the dedication of thousands of border guards, soldiers and policemen, it was possible to secure the border in time,” Romanowski said. “To combat further threats, we want to build a wall along the entire border.”
President Joe Biden has refused to continue the construction of the wall at the southern border, despite a record number of illegal migrants pouring into the country. U.S. Border Patrol encountered more than 1.7 million illegal migrants at the southern border for fiscal year 2021, and a record-breaking 200,000 migrants were apprehended in July alone. Migrants from at least 40 different countries have come through Yuma, Arizona, through a space in the wall known as “The Gap.”
Romanowski said Biden’s refusal to build a wall was purely “ideological.”
“A permanent border barrier saves both money and security – not only for officers, but also for the people and the national budget. The wall would go a long way to curbing human trafficking and drug smuggling that’s thriving at the moment,” Romanowski said. “President Biden should stick to the plan introduced by President Trump and put ideology aside. The lives and safety of U.S. citizens should be primary concern for the federal government.”
U.S. Customs Border Patrol confiscated 11,201 pounds of fentanyl in the fiscal year 2021 — a 134% increase from the year before.
Left-leaning media and politicians have criticized Poland’s wall, citing human rights and environmental issues. Environmentalists have voiced concerns about animal migration paths if the wall is constructed through the primeval Bialowieza forest, which is on the Polish-Belarussian border.
Romanowski said these arguments are “false,” and noted the “dangerous conditions in which Polish border and military officers operate.”
“Belarusian services provoke incidents every day, they cut through barbed wire and even fire shots at Poles. The only way of stopping Lukashenka and illegal migrants is to build the wall,” he said, blasting celebrities and left-leaning politicians who are “calling for unconditional entry of anyone at the border.”
Poland wants to accept legal migrants “who want to legally live and work here honestly, and become part of our nation,” Romanowski continued, noting thousands of Ukrainian migrant workers that come across the border. “Poland has a rich tradition of multiculturalism and tolerance. Like the United States, we are open to people who want to legally live and work here honestly, and become part of our nation.”
Illegal migrants that successfully enter Poland are placed in transit centers, where they wait, sometimes upwards to a year, to receive international protection from the EU, Romanowski said.
“Migrants usually do not want to wait and flee at the first possible opportunity… This is a serious problem because we usually know nothing about these people: their past, their connections, their political or ideological commitment,” he said.
Romanowski also praised U.S. support of Poland’s security in sending additional troops to the “eastern flank of NATO” amid the Russian threat to invade Ukraine, while blaming Biden for letting Russia get this far in the first place.
“Until now, President Trump’s team has been drawing hard red lines to Moscow, keeping it at an appropriate distance,” he said. “Russia had never before dared to organize such large military maneuvers in the immediate vicinity of Kyiv, nor had it directly threatened war.”
“We trust that the United States will not make the same mistake as under President Obama, when withdrawal from European affairs and resetting relations with Russia cost Ukraine the loss of Crimea,” he concluded.