The Biden Administration Has Failed At Every Level To Alleviate The Chaos On The Southern U.S. Border

59% of Americans disapprove of Biden’s handling of “the immigration situation at the U.S.-Mexico border.” (Washington Post-ABC News Poll, 2/03/2023)

U.S. Customs And Border Protection Announced That 251,487 Illegal Immigrants Were Encountered At The Southern Border In December, A Record Number, Highlighting ‘The Unprecedented Migrant Crisis Along The Southern Border’

“Illegal border crossings during the month of December reached their highest level of the Biden administration, topping 250,000 in the last month of 2022 ... Data released from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Friday revealed that officials had 251,487 encounters on the southwestern border of the United States during December, a 7 percent increase from the previous month. That total includes 216,162 unique encounters from different people, which is 11 percent higher than in November.” (“Illegal Border Crossings Rose To Highest Level Of Biden’s Presidency In December,” The Hill, 1/21/2023)

  • “[T]he record number of migrant apprehensions in December, a month that has historically seen lower migration flows than warmer parts of the year, illustrates the unprecedented migrant crisis along the southern border, where migrants have been arriving in greater numbers and from more countries than ever before.” (CBS News, 1/20/2023)

PEW RESEARCH: “Monthly encounters between U.S. Border Patrol agents and migrants attempting to cross into the United States at the U.S.-Mexico border remain at levels not seen in more than two decades, according to the latest available government statistics…. The number of monthly migrant encounters had fallen to 16,182 – the second-lowest total in more than 20 years – in April 2020, shortly after the coronavirus outbreak forced the closure of the southwestern border and slowed migration across much of the world. But encounters with migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border have soared since then, with 206,239 reported in November 2022 … Recent monthly totals far exceed the peak reached during the last major wave of migration at the U.S.-Mexico border in May 2019 and are roughly on par with the previous peak reached in March 2000.” (“Monthly Encounters With Migrants At U.S.-Mexico Border Remain Near Record Highs,” Pew Research Center, 1/13/2023)

So Far In Fiscal Year 2023, At Least 38 People On The Terror Watchlist Have Been Apprehended Trying To Enter The U.S. Between Ports Of Entry

At least 38 people on the terror watchlist have been apprehended trying to enter the U.S. between ports of entry so far this fiscal year. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection, “CBP Enforcement Statistics Fiscal Year 2023,” Accessed 1/24/2023)

In Fiscal Year 2022, Nearly 2.4 Million Illegal Immigrants Were Encountered Trying To Cross The Southern Border, ‘More Than Twice The Highest Level During Donald Trump’s Presidency In 2019’

“Migrants were stopped 227,547 times in September at the U.S. border with Mexico, the third-highest month of Joe Biden’s presidency. It was up 11.5% from 204,087 times in August and 18.5% from 192,001 times in September 2021. In the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, migrants were stopped 2.38 million times, up 37% from 1.73 million times the year before, according to figures released late Friday night. The annual total surpassed 2 million for the first time in August and is more than twice the highest level during Donald Trump’s presidency in 2019.” (“Illegal Border Crossings To US From Mexico Hit Annual High,” The Associated Press, 10/22/2022)

‘Some Of Mexico’s Most Violent Drug Cartels’ Are Now Making An Estimated $13 Billion A Year Smuggling Illegal Immigrants Into The U.S., A 26-Fold Increase From 2018

“Migrant smuggling on the U.S. southern border has evolved over the past 10 years from a scattered network of freelance ‘coyotes’ into a multi-billion-dollar international business controlled by organized crime, including some of Mexico’s most violent drug cartels.” (“Smuggling Migrants At The Border Now A Billion-Dollar Business,” The New York Times, 7/25/2022)

“The sheer number of people seeking to cross made migrant smuggling an irresistible moneymaker for some cartels… The enterprises have teams specializing in logistics, transportation, surveillance, stash houses and accounting — all supporting an industry whose revenues have soared to an estimated $13 billion today from $500 million in 2018, according to Homeland Security Investigations, the federal agency that investigates such cases.” (“Smuggling Migrants At The Border Now A Billion-Dollar Business,” The New York Times, 7/25/2022)


And Even Large Cities Run By Democrats Say They Are ‘Reaching A Breaking Point’ Under Waves Of Illegal Immigration

“In reports on ABC and CBS News, New York City Mayor Eric Adams, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass called on the Biden administration do more to address the border crisis. Adams recently said that there is ‘no more room in New York’ for asylum seekers being sent to the city from Texas. ‘This should not happen to any city in America. This is a national problem and our national government, Congress and the White House must do a long-term comprehensive immigration policy,’ he told ABC's Jonathan Karl. But he demanded the White House ‘deal with the immediate emergency we have now.’ ‘Congress has an obligation and a national government has the obligation that brings with it the responsibility of dealing with this immediate crisis. This is a crisis,’ he emphasized to CBS.” (“Democratic Mayors Call Out Biden Admin Over Border Crisis: ‘This Is A National Problem,’” Fox News, 1/23/2023)

  • “‘There’s no more room’ in New York City to house asylum seekers, Mayor Eric Adams said Wednesday, putting new pressure on the Biden administration to immediately address the migrant crisis. ‘We’re at that point,’ Adams said during POLITICO’s The Fifty: America’s Mayors, a virtual interview on the sidelines of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington…. Some 40,000 migrants have arrived in New York City from the southern border since last year, with an additional 3,000 coming during just one week this month.” (“Eric Adams Pressures Biden To Address Migrant Crisis As New York Costs Soar,” Politico, 1/18/2023)

“The city of Denver says it is reaching a breaking point when it comes to the continuing arrival of migrants here, and is now calling on the federal government to step in…. ‘We're at our breaking point, 100 percent,’ said Mikayla Ortega, communications manager with the Denver Office of Emergency Management. ‘We need the federal government to step in. Denver is not a border community. We don't have the resources that border communities do from the federal government, so we're very limited in what we can do here.’ According to Ortega, the city has spent more than $1 million on sheltering efforts so far and is projecting to spend another $2 million moving forward.” (“City Of Denver Says They Are At Breaking Point As Migrants Continue To Arrive,” CBS Colorado, 12/30/2022)



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