Migrant apprehensions at southern border shatter records…again

by Chris Lange

Chris Lange, FISM News


U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrested approximately 234,000 illegal immigrants at the southern border last month, easily surpassing March’s record-shattering number by nearly 13,000, according to preliminary data obtained by The Washington Post. The last time border apprehensions surpassed 220,000 occurred over two decades ago in the year 2000. 

Border officials recorded at least one million arrests in the first half of Fiscal Year 2022 and are projected to make at least a million more by the end of FY 2022. 

President Biden’s decision to roll back Trump-era border policies shortly after taking office has resulted in soaring numbers of illegal crossings, human trafficking, and a massive influx of deadly drugs into the nation’s interior, where overdoses have become the leading cause of death among 19-45-year-old Americans. 

According to a new poll from The Federalist and Susquehanna Polling & Research, 52% percent of likely voters disapprove of Biden’s handling of the border crisis while only 34% approve.

Nonetheless, the administration has instead elected to scale back border protections even further by repealing Title 42 later this month, a public health measure allowing expedited expulsion of migrants. A Louisiana judge temporarily blocked the repeal in April, though that ruling will expire May 9. The repeal is set to go into effect on May 23.

The administration, particularly Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, has been the subject of bipartisan reprobation for having no concrete plans in place to deal with the inevitable surge of migrants at the border who will have one less barrier to crossing into the country, given the impending repeal.

Testifying before a House panel on Capitol Hill last week, Mayorkas claimed that the Biden administration has “effectively managed” the border crisis.