The border crisis far from being solved is getting worse and worse, according to August data, when at least 208,887 illegal immigrants entered the country, tripling the number of undocumented entries recorded in August of last year.
The high level of unauthorized entries recorded in July, at over 200,000, continued last month, as reported by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) according to Fox News on Sept. 14.
These figures are in stark contrast to those reported during 2019 and 2020, where a downward trend was noted, given that 62,707 and 50,014 illegal immigrants crossed the border with Mexico, respectively.
Details point out that border guards found 18,847 unaccompanied children during the same month, slightly less than those reported in July, and 86,487 families, which implies a 4% increase compared to July.
On the other hand, with the implementation of Title 42 public health protections during the Trump administration, 44% of illegal immigrants encountered were removed. The Biden administration extended these protections.
The excessive increase in illegal immigrants has caused alarm among the governors of the states most affected by the surge of foreigners, primarily Central Americans entering the country without authorization.
This crisis was of concern to 73% of citizens responding to a Rasmussen poll in March, who doubted the ability of President Joe Biden’s administration to control it.
For its part, the Biden administration reversed controls implemented during the Trump administration, such as the construction of the border wall and the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPPs).
It also reduced Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) priorities in the interior and pushed hard to legalize illegal immigrants already in the country.
In addition, it released immigrants in the interior, processed the release of unaccompanied minors to sponsors already in the country, and released illegal immigrant families.
The sharp increase in illegal immigration does not seem to support the border strategy put forward by DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who proposes rebuilding “safe, legal and orderly pathways for migrants,” improving processing and going after smugglers.
“We have a plan, we are executing our plan and that takes time,” Mayorkas said, justifying the inflows of undocumented people.
However, according to leaked audio, he also assured that the situation at the southern border is “unsustainable.”
On the other hand, the numerous entries of unauthorized persons have led to the budgeting of almost 9 billion dollars through October to finance assistance programs.
In addition to the national security risks, author Neil Munro notes that the detour of these multi-billion dollar funds and the encouragement of illegal immigration thus promoted would diminish the quality of life for American children and their poorer parents.
“The transfer of funding to the growing population of more than 50,000 foreign children and youths means fewer resources for lower-profile American kids,” Munro notes.
He goes on to explain, “as their diverse American parents are damaged by the Chinese Virus, cheap labor migration, job losses, housing costs, drugs, or homelessness.”