President Joe Biden’s administration broke the all-time record for the number of illegal aliens encountered on the U.S.-Mexico border last month, according to newly released numbers.
The administration released the numbers late Friday evening likely in hopes that the news of more than a quarter of a million encounters would get little coverage in the news media.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) had 251,487 encounters with illegal aliens last month, the highest number ever recorded in U.S. history.
Last month’s numbers, combined with the first two months of fiscal year 2023 — October and November — put the U.S. on track to have more than 2.87 million illegal alien encounters on the U.S. southern border this year.
December’s numbers mean that the Biden administration has now experienced ten straight months of 200,000+ illegal alien encounters per month on the southern border.
“A reminder, there have been approximately 1.2 million known gotaways at the southern border since President Biden took office,” Fox News reporter Bill Melugin tweeted. “The last several months have been around 70,000 per month, per CBP sources.”
“And those are only the *known* gotaways,” Melugin added.
A reminder, there have been approximately 1.2 million known gotaways at the southern border since President Biden took office. The last several months have been around 70,000 per month, per CBP sources. And those are only the *known* gotaways. @FoxNews
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) January 21, 2023
Chad Wolf, the former Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, slammed the numbers in a tweet. “The insanity, insecurity, and chaos continues,” Wolf said. “This admin has abolished any pretense of border security.”
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said that Biden was directly responsible for the crisis on the southern border.
“It’s no coincidence—Biden was sworn in 2 years ago today,” McCarthy said. “His policies have opened our border to more illegal crossings, more terrorism suspects, and more deadly fentanyl.”
The latest numbers from Biden’s border crisis are likely to turn up pressure on DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who had articles of impeachment filed against him last week.
“Since day one, Secretary Mayorkas’ policies have undermined law enforcement activities at our southern border,” Rep. Pat Fallon (R-TX) said. “From perjuring himself before Congress about maintaining operational control of the border to the infamous ‘whip-gate’ slander against our border patrol agents, Secretary Mayorkas has proven time and time again that he is unfit to lead the Department of Homeland Security.”
“His willful actions have eroded our immigration system, undermined border patrol morale, and jeopardized American national security. He has violated the law and it is time for him to go,” Fallon added.