New data released yesterday continues to debunk the Biden Administration’s claims that the surge in migrants flooding the border is “cyclical” or “seasonal,” and instead demonstrates that this crisis is happening because of the President’s rhetoric and policies.
Republicans on the House Homeland Security have put together another “startling stats” document that outlines how this data shows that there is no denying that President Biden has created a full-blown humanitarian and national security crisis at the southwest border. CBP’s March encounter numbers make it very clear the Biden Administration has lost complete control. We are seeing thousands of migrants crossing our border daily, with no sign of slowing down. It’s only April 2021, and we’ve already surpassed border encounters from the entirety of FY2020. As President Biden’s policies weaken the security of our southwest border, the cartels, criminals, smugglers, and coyotes are taking full advantage. The proof is in the numbers:
A further look inside these numbers show that 18,890 unaccompanied minors were taken into custody in March, a record quantity that overwhelmed U.S. shelter capacity and produced crisis-level crowding inside government border tents. The data also shows that President Biden was incorrect when he claimed that the “vast majority” of families are being expelled under Title 42, because just 33% of families were expelled under this provision.
When taken in conjunction with numbers from earlier this year, The New York Post reports that CBP “has already had more than 569,800 encounters this year, a 24 percent jump from the total encounters in fiscal year 2020 and a 34 percent increase from the same time frame during fiscal year 2019.”
On top of that, a Washington Post analysis found that the Biden Administration and the federal government is spending $60 million/week to shelter the record-level of unaccompanied minors that are in U.S. custody:
- The Washington Post: “Biden administration spending $60 million per week to shelter unaccompanied minors”
The report goes on to say that those costs are “expected to rise significantly over the coming months,” in a sign that this crisis is only getting worse. Despite this, President Biden and Vice President Harris refuse to take this issue seriously or visit the border to see what’s happening for themselves:
Even DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ visit to the border yesterday was entirely closed to the press.
While the Administration ignores the crisis and tries to conceal it, a number of House Republicans continue to travel to the border to hear from border patrol agents about what’s unfolding and get a better sense of the situation. Republican Whip Steve Scalise previewed his visit to the border on Fox & Friends yesterday:
In addition, members of Republican Study Committee were in Eagle Pass, TX to learn more about the crisis unfolding:
I’m in Eagle Pass and Del Rio today with fellow members of @RepublicanStudy to hear directly from law enforcement and border patrol that are being affected by our crisis at the border. pic.twitter.com/CpF2BNZP4u
— Rep. Tony Gonzales (@RepTonyGonzales) April 8, 2021
Yesterday, @SpeakerPelosi said things at the border were moving in the right direction. I’m at the border today hearing from law enforcement who are saying otherwise. If she believes things are going well, the Speaker should come here & see the crisis I am seeing firsthand today. pic.twitter.com/Juj0Wso157
— Ashley Hinson (@RepAshleyHinson) April 8, 2021
If we want to put an end to the humanitarian and national security crisis happening along our southern border, we have to put successful Trump policies back in place IMMEDIATELY. pic.twitter.com/KGaXkiIeCe
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) April 9, 2021
In Eagle Pass, TX w/ @RepublicanStudy, @RepJimBanks & @RepTonyGonzales continuing my border trip. Law enforcement is seeing significant increases in illegal crossings, violent encounters & human trafficking. Every state is a border state. Thank you Texas! #BidenBorderCrisis pic.twitter.com/EGtOarPikR
— Rep. Victoria Spartz (@RepSpartz) April 8, 2021