Saturday, September 9, 2023

Biden's Border Crisis Roars Back After Brief Title 42 Reprieve: Leaked DHS Data; Illegal Crossings of Migrant Families at US-Mexico Border Hits All-Time High

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Biden's border crisis roars back after brief Title 42 reprieve: Leaked DHS data:
Border Patrol agents arrested nearly twice as many illegal immigrants in August as in June, spelling disaster for the Biden administration that had touted declining border numbers as a policy success.
Initial numbers from inside Customs and Border Protection showed 182,401 people were apprehended after illegally entering the country last month. Roughly 179,000 of the 182,401 came across the southern border with Mexico, according to three U.S. officials who shared information with the Washington Examiner ahead of its normal release weeks after the month's end.
Since President Joe Biden took office, Border Patrol agents have apprehended more than 7 million people who illegally entered the country between ports of entry nationwide. The surge in August is unusual because illegal immigration has historically declined during the summer months when it is extremely hot near the border. The increase could mean even higher illegal immigration when temperatures drop in the fall.
The unchecked border crisis not only raises national security concerns after the FBI determined a smuggler affiliated with the Islamic State had helped a group of immigrants from Uzbekistan illegally enter the United States earlier this year, but also highlights a political vulnerability for the White House just 14 months out from Election Day.
The 182,401 apprehensions nationwide in August is nearly double the 100,611 non-U.S. citizens apprehended in June, the first full month after Title 42, a pandemic public health policy, was out of effect and Border Patrol agents were no longer permitted to turn back illegal immigrants immediately.
At the southern border alone, the estimated 179,000 apprehensions were far above 99,539 in June and 132,652 in July.
The numbers speak to the challenges that the Biden administration has had managing America's borders since first taking office nearly 32 months ago. Illegal crossings surged from roughly 75,000 per month in each of the final months of President Donald Trump's administration and swelled to more than 200,000 after Biden took office and reversed Trump's immigration policies. --->READ MORE HERE
Illegal crossings of migrant families at US-Mexico border hits all-time high:
Record numbers of migrant families crossed the US-Mexico border in August, a bombshell new report said this week after The Post revealed that US officials have inexplicably welded open more than 100 gates along the Arizona border.
US Border Patrol officials arrested at least 91,000 migrants who crossed the border as part of family groups, according to preliminary data obtained by the Washington Post — beating the previous one-month record of 84,486 migrant families arrested in May 2019, under the Trump administration.
Migrant families accounted for the largest demographic group crossing the border in August, surpassing single adults for the first time since President Biden took office in 2020.
The August tally brings the number of “family member units” surrendering at the border over the fiscal year to more than half a million people, another record.
Officials also saw a marked increase in the number of unaccompanied minors crossing into the country.
The uptick in illegal crossings comes as The Post revealed that US officials have welded open 114 massive gates along the Arizona border to allow water to flow freely during the annual monsoon season, which typically runs from June through September.
Erin Heeter, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security, blamed the steady stream of crossings on “ebbs and flows of migrants arriving, fueled by seasonal trends and the efforts of smugglers to prey on vulnerable migrants and encourage migration.”
The latest Customs and Border Protection data show that more than 54,000 migrants were processed in August at the US border, where the Biden administration is allowing up to 1,450 migrants each day to schedule an appointment to enter the country legally using a mobile app.
That increased the total number of migrants encountered by CBP agents at the southern border in August to about 230,000 — the highest one-month total of 2023. --->READ MORE HERE
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