U.S. officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are preparing for a “significantly larger” number of illegal immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border this Spring, with projections running as high as 9,000 arrests per day.
“The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden grappled with a record-breaking 1.7 million border arrests last fiscal year, which ended on Sept. 30. In July 2021 – the peak of last year’s rise – daily migrant arrests averaged about 6,500, according to government statistics,” Reuters reported. “The nearly unprecedented number of arrests, which included many repeat crossers, caused backups of unaccompanied children in crowded border patrol stations…”
The report noted that Border Patrol agents have become fed up with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over how the administration is handling the crisis on the southern border.
The news comes shortly after Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration finally released the December numbers for illegal border crossings along the U.S.-Mexico border, which showed a dramatic uptick compared to previous years.
“The number of unique individuals encountered in December 2021 was 135,040, a 5 percent increase in the number of unique individuals encountered the prior month,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said in a statement. “In total, there were 178,840 encounters along the Southwest land border in December, a 2 percent increase compared to November.”
The 178,840 illegal border crossings for December 2021 was higher than the December totals from 2020, 2019, and 2018 combined when there was a total of 175,353 illegal border crossings.
CBP FINALLY released December 2021 numbers for illegal crossings along the southern border: 178,840.
That's more than Decembers 2018, 2019, & 2020 COMBINED. pic.twitter.com/NVRH2rZoqr
— Mark Bednar (@MarkBednar) January 24, 2022
Mark Morgan, former acting CBP commissioner and Heritage visiting fellow, responded to the news in a statement, saying: “More than a year ago, even as Joe Biden was preparing to roll back President Donald Trump’s effective border security policies, he claimed he did not want to end up with ‘two million people on our border.’ After a year on the job, it’s undeniable that Biden has failed even by his own basic measure.”
“In 12 months, CBP recorded more than two million encounters along the southwest border, a shocking and historic number,” Morgan added. “But that number does not include an estimated 600,000 or more ‘got-aways,’ individuals who cross the border illegally but which Border Patrol is unable to detain. And then there are the ‘turn-backs,’ those who make an effort to cross the border but eventually give up and return to their country of origin. Under Biden, that number was around 400,000. Under Joe Biden, more than three million people have tried to violate America’s sovereignty and illegally enter our country. This is not only the worst border crisis in American history—it’s the worst 12 months for any president when it comes to border security.”
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