By Al Fonzi

Al Fonzi is an independent opinion columnist for The Atascadero News and Paso Robles Press; you can email him at atascaderocolumnist@gmail.com.

At the beginning of January 2021, we were energy-independent for the first time in nearly half a century. Illegal entry into the country was also at its lowest levels in a generation. The economy was starting to boom after a year-long interruption, courtesy of the COVID pandemic, and COVID vaccinations had surpassed over 900,000 a day.

By Jan. 21, President Biden had ordered construction on the border wall halted, even on sections already paid for. Tens of thousands of hopeful refugees stampeded north, enriching cartel coyotes by $40 million/month, leaving a trail of bodies across deserts; 25 dead in a day via an overstuffed van in February, more refugees dead at sea on Sunday as an overloaded boat capsized off San Diego. A third of refugee women are reportedly raped, thousands…

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