According to US Customs and Border Protection, more than 164,000 people were apprehended at the border just last month. Migrants were attempting to illegally cross into the United States via Mexico’s border. The number is double the number who were apprehended in the same month of 2020.
Numbers for the month were slightly lower than September, seeing a 14 percent decrease, and only 23 percent lower than July’s numbers, the highest total in 21 years with 213,593 apprehensions.
Compared to 2020, the month-over-month numbers represent a whopping 128 percent increase. 71,929 were apprehended in October of 2020. Compared to 2019, the numbers represent a 263 percent increase when 45,139 migrants were apprehended in October of 2019.
The New York Post reports that roughly two-thirds of all apprehensions were single adults. Acting Commissioner of CBP Troy Miller said in a statement:
“CBP’s workforce continues to demonstrate excellence and dedication as they manage heightened travel demands on the border, facilitate a return to normal travel and trade at all our ports of entry, and manage migrant encounters in a safe, orderly, and humane way.”
There is much more numerical data that provides insight into the crisis in addition to simple apprehensions. The New York Post reports:
According to CBP, 29 percent of those apprehended in October had at least one encounter with border agents within the past 12 months, compared to an average re-encounter rate of 14 percent between October 2013 and September 2019.
The agency added that more than 93,000 migrants (57 percent of the total) encountered at the US-Mexico border in October were processed for expulsion under Title 42, an order that allowed US officials to expel migrants without seeing an immigration judge.
October also saw decreases in the number of encounters of unaccompanied children and those in family units, which dropped 11 percent and 34 percent from September, respectively. The number of family unit individuals, over 42,000, was less than half of the peak hit in August.
Unfortunately the daily occurrence is wearing on our border patrol. “Agents are arresting hundreds of migrants every day, and on Friday, agent in the Rio Grande Valley Sector reported encountering nearly 2,000 migrants within 24 hours.”
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DHS Secretary Mayorkas Says We Cannot Remove ‘11 Million Undocumented Individuals’ Unlawfully in U.S.
Troubling details were unearthed during the questioning of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas by the Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-IA). Grassley asked Mayorkas about a DHS memo from September 30 which reads: “The fact an individual is a removable noncitizen will not alone be the basis of an enforcement action against them.”
“Does that reasoning apply to the [1.2] million illegal immigrants who have received due process and been given a final order of removal by an immigration judge?” Grassley asked Mayorkas.
“We cannot remove 1.2 million individuals, nor can we remove more than 11 million undocumented individuals, individuals who are unlawfully present in the United States, who might not have final orders of removal” Mayorkas answered.
Mayorkas also stated that he had issued the due process policy after drawing on “tremendous experience not only as a member of the Department of Homeland Security but as a federal prosecutor.”
Grassley pressed Mayorkas, asking, “should any of them be removed?”
“Of course,” Mayorkas said. “I do believe that individuals who pose a public safety threat, who pose a national security threat, who pose a border security threat, should be removed, and we should be smart and effective in our use of resources, and we should focus on the well-being of our communities and prioritize individuals for removal.”
In his opening statements, Grassley addressed Mayorkas and stated, “When you allow the ACLU and open-borders immigration activists rather than career law enforcement professionals to dictate the terms of your immigration and border policies, then you shouldn’t be surprised when record-shattering numbers of people start showing up at the border to take advantage of that.”
Grassley continued, “When you run DHS like it’s an ‘Abolish ICE’ fan club, you shouldn’t be surprised when you have an illegal immigration crisis on your hands.”
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