It appears Joe Biden hasn’t absorbed anything from the border crisis. How else can we describe this situation?

The Biden administration is outlining one of the most extensive immigration relief initiatives in recent memory, crafting a policy that would grant legal standing to hundreds of thousands of immigrants residing in the country without proper paperwork, as shared by four sources familiar with the proposals in a CBS News report.

An initiative being crafted by White House officials would provide employment permits and safeguards against deportation for unauthorized immigrants who are married to U.S. citizens, provided they have been living in the U.S. for at least 10 years, suggested the anonymous sources while discussing internal government plans.

The concept, dubbed “Parole in Place,” would also introduce a route to permanent legal status and U.S. citizenship for certain recipients by addressing a legal impediment in U.S. legislation that blocks those who entered the U.S. unlawfully from obtaining green cards without exiting the country.

This fresh strategy is scheduled for unveiling next Tuesday and according to CBS, some Democrats have already received invitations to the White House for the event. If this transpires, it would be the most substantial program for illegal immigrants since DACA was announced by President Obama. Up to 1.1 million migrants with U.S. partners could qualify. Revealing this news on a Friday night seems to indicate a lack of confidence from the White House in the reception of this initiative.

Similar to everything else Biden has undertaken concerning the border, one can assume this decision is politically driven. But what exactly is the benefit here? Is he attempting to reduce the movement of Hispanic voters to Trump? Maybe he is striving to offer something to progressives who are dissatisfied with his recent move to block asylum claims. The ACLU has already filed a lawsuit against the administration on this matter.

The American Civil Liberties Union initiated litigation on Wednesday challenging President Biden’s directive to close the southern border to nearly all asylum-seeking migrants desiring entry into the United States.

The maneuver signifies the first legal challenge to an order that the Biden administration anticipates will lessen the number of illicit border crossings and mitigate one of the president’s most significant political vulnerabilities.

In a statement, the A.C.L.U. articulated that the asylum prohibition, implemented a week earlier, infringes upon the legal safeguards for individuals seeking refuge in the United States.

The ACLU has a realistic chance of prevailing in that lawsuit, meaning Biden’s efforts to curb abuse of the asylum system could be short-lived.

What doesn’t make sense is why Biden would undertake an action that will almost certainly worsen the border crisis. Biden pledged to reverse all of former President Trump’s immigration actions upon taking office. And he did just that, issuing executive orders on day one that were promptly perceived in Central America as an indication that the border was opening up. The consequence has been the most severe border crisis in contemporary memory, with over 2 million migrants arriving in each of the past two years.

This crisis has emerged as a significant electoral challenge for Biden, prompting him to a) visit the border for the first time in his life and b) propose various solutions, including the recent asylum restriction, to rein in the numbers. Given this background, why opt to offer a citizenship pathway now when the migrant figures are finally decreasing a bit?

Admittedly, this offer only applies to individuals who have been in the country for a decade and are wed to U.S. citizens. Nevertheless, we consistently witness that such magnanimity is likely to incentivize further migration as people either receive misinformation from traffickers or decide to gamble on the hope of a similar opportunity in the coming decade.

Biden is already staking his reelection on Mexico’s capacity to stem the tide until November. Now, he is taking a gamble that could compound the challenges Mexico will confront. Does the political advantage outweigh the associated risk? What if Mexico reaches its breaking point, leading to a surge in the numbers again?

Even if this gambit pays off, Mexico’s willingness to perform Biden’s “dirty work” may not extend beyond the election. What is the contingency plan? Is the intention to endure another four years of this scenario?

Part of me speculates whether Biden is setting the stage for a fresh crisis, one that will be unleashed on his successor after his departure.