President Joe Biden is making history in more ways than one. Not only is his administration involved in a horrifically botched attempt to extricate U.S. citizens, allies, and troops from Afghanistan, it is also presiding over the absolute worst surge in illegal immigration in the nation’s history.
Princeton Policy Advisors recently released a report showing a dramatic upswing in apprehensions at the border. Author Steven Kopits noted the sharp increase in border apprehensions in July:
Customs and Border Protection reports that Border Patrol apprehended 199,777 persons at the US southwest border in July. This represents an increase of 21,000 over June and was 23,000 higher than our dire forecast of one month ago. Further, July apprehensions were nearly twice the level of the next highest July in the last twenty years, that is, July 2000 of the Clinton administration, when 114,000 migrants were arrested.
Kopits goes on to state that Princeton Policy Advisors “can now make plausible forecasts for the balance of the fiscal and calendar year based upon 2000, the prior worst year in US history.”
Of the fiscal year ending September 30, Kopits noted that it would “rank as only the fourth worst year in US history.” He pointed out that former President Donald Trump was in office for four months during this fiscal year, which may have explained why the numbers weren’t worse.
However, the 2021 calendar year is a different story.
Calendar year 2021 will almost certainly be recorded, by a large margin, as the worst in US history for southwest border apprehensions. The administration is currently tracking 1.75 – 1.80 million apprehensions at the border, as much as 200,000 higher than the next closest year. Barring a draconian change of policy, a record for the calendar year is all but in the bag.
To those who have been paying attention, this projection is not exactly a shocker. Shortly after taking office, President Biden began dismantling most of the policies and programs put in place by the Trump administration. In an effort to appear as the anti-Trump, Biden reversed procedures that were curbing the flow of illegals into the United States.
Indeed, it was Biden’s rhetoric and actions upon becoming president that resulted in the swarm of migrants surging at the border. The Democrats have repeatedly denied that the president’s conduct attracted migrants to make the perilous journey to the southern border. But all it took was footage and pictures of migrants marching to the border wearing t-shirts which read “Biden Let Us In,” to debunk that particular claim.
Even worse, this state of affairs has made life difficult for agents working with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Border Patrol. Both agencies are stretched thin, which has provided more opportunities for illegals to cross the southern border. While the administration has constantly downplayed the severity of this issue, there have been indications that they are fully aware of how dire the situation is.
Leaked footage showed Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas admitting that “if our borders are the first line of defense, we’re going to lose and this is unsustainable.”
The administration has begun taking some steps to decrease the flow of individuals trying to enter the country illegally. A couple of weeks ago, White House press secretary Jen Psaki explained that the U.S. is now flying those caught trying to illegally cross the border into Mexico’s interior – further away from the border. This is intended to discourage these folks from making repeated attempts to violate America’s immigration laws. However, it seems that it is too late at this moment.
As the border crisis worsens, it will become nearly impossible for the Biden administration to continue lying about it. At some point, this issue will come to a head and something will need to be done. Unfortunately, it does not appear that the president is up to the task so the nation might not see any real action until 2024.