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Border Patrol has experienced an increase of more than 1000% of migrants from some countries far away from America, including China and Afghanistan, from fiscal year 2022 to 2023, Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz recently revealed.
Ortiz posted social media data indicating similar migrant increases from Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Paraguay, Mauritania, Djibouti, and the Dominican Republic.
Ortiz noted that authorities “still have challenges with countries’ governments to get working programs in place to repatriate all those we apprehended” in a tweet.
We have seen an increase of over 1000% from some countries. While we work diligently to repatriate migrants from these countries, we still have challenges with countries' governments to get working programs in place to repatriate all those we apprehend. pic.twitter.com/w9aVwdqkZb
— Chief Raul Ortiz (@USBPChief) June 9, 2023
While Border Patrol only recorded 342 encounters with migrants from China in fiscal year 2021, the number jumped to 1,987 in fiscal year 2022 before surging to 9,753 in the first seven months of fiscal year 2023.
While Border Patrol has encountered an increasing number of Afghan migrants, there have reportedly been more than 150,000 special immigrant visa applications from Afghanistan in the wake of the Taliban taking power after the U.S. withdrawal.
An estimated 1.5 million illegal migrant gotaways have been recorded since President Joe Biden took office in 2021. Meanwhile, 415,000 total gotaways were reported for 2018, 2019, and 2020 under the Trump administration.
The Biden administration recently increased the number of foreign nationals who will be able to enter the United States through the CBP One app to 40,000 per month. The app is a digital platform where migrants can schedule asylum appointments before arriving at the border. About 80,000 foreign nationals have used the CBP One app to enter the U.S. over the last four months.
Meanwhile, multiple cities have been overwhelmed by the surge in border crossings. Chicago recently passed a controversial measure to provide $51 million in funding for housing for many of the 10,000 foreign nationals who have arrived in the city.
New York City recently announced that 50 places of worship will house foreign nationals. Democratic Mayor Eric Adams has even suggested that private citizens might be incentivized to house migrants in private residences. “It is my vision to take the next step to this faith-based locales and then move to a private residence,” he stated.
Adams has even sued 30 New York counties that have refused to accommodate foreign nationals, accusing them of “xenophobic bigotry.”
A recent CBS News poll found that 63% of Americans disapprove of Biden’s handling of the United States border, while just 37% say that they approve.