President Joe Biden’s border crisis worsened during the month of April, according to newly released government statistics.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection data published Tuesday showed that immigration arrests and detentions on the U.S.-Mexico border shot up in April to 178,622, a 3% increase from March, the highest in the history of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The media tried to spin the news as a bit of a win for the Biden administration because the surge in arrests of illegal aliens was driven in large part by single adults while the number of unaccompanied minors apprehended fell.
Former Trump administration officials and immigration officials, however, were not falling for the spin and instead slammed the extremely high number as being disastrous for the country.
Former senior Trump immigration adviser Stephen Miller noted that there had been more than a 1,000% increase in the number of illegal aliens apprehended on the southern border in April 2021 under Biden than in April 2020 under Trump.
“This is what happens you implement Catch-and-Release,” Miller wrote on Twitter. “The border of the United States has been erased.”
Trump April 2020: 17K illegals apprehended at SW Border.
Biden April 2021: 179K illegals apprehended at SW Border.
Increase of almost 1,000% (not even counting got aways). This is what happens you implement Catch-and-Release.
The border of the United States has been erased. https://t.co/HqbwdLsxvg
— Stephen Miller (@StephenM) May 11, 2021
“Just when you think it can’t get worse on the border…it does,” Miller added. “Almost 180K illegal aliens apprehended in April, smashing records set in March. This doesn’t include tens of thousands of got aways who sneak in without being apprehended. Disaster doesn’t even begin to describe it.”
Former Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf responded to the new numbers by directly blaming Biden for the crisis, saying that the administration’s policies, which were implemented despite warnings from top career officials, “have fueled this crisis.”
“The administration has reversed sound immigration policies like the Migrant Protection Protocols, asylum cooperative agreements with Northern Triangle countries, and construction of the border wall system,” Wolf said. “These actions will continue to have immense costs not just for our law enforcement, but for working Americans and our communities, as well. Until this administration applies a consequence for coming here illegally, these numbers are going to remain at crisis levels. Make no mistake: this is not just a humanitarian crisis on our border – it is a security crisis that is giving drug cartels and human smugglers a historic opportunity to expand their operations in the Western Hemisphere.”
Mark Morgan, former acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said that Biden’s actions were a bigger magnet for encouraging illegal immigration to the U.S. than any “half-hearted words” from the White House podium discouraging illegal immigration.
“The message is clear—America’s borders are open,” Morgan said. “If you make it to the border as an unaccompanied minor or as part of a family unit, you will likely be released into the interior. Once that happens, the Biden administration will do nothing to remove you, as the plummeting deportation numbers from ICE make clear. In fact, the Biden administration will push to give you the greatest reward of all—American citizenship via amnesty—in response to your lawbreaking.”
James Jay Carafano, a leading national security expert, encouraged Americans to realize how badly the “tsunami” of illegal immigration was overwhelming law enforcement agencies which creates an opportunity for serious bad actors to “exploit this vulnerability.”
“Biden’s policies have created a 2,000-mile toll both for the cartels, flooded them with cash, and created an unprecedented explosion in transnational crime,” Carafano said. “Open borders are fueling the opioid crisis. Open borders have created an unprecedented opportunity for transnational gangs to expand their networks throughout the U.S. and Canada. We have to anticipate that other bad actors from around the world are asking themselves what they can do to take advantage of the opportunity Biden has handed them.”