Over 180,000 people attempted to cross the southern border in May alone, according to the latest report from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. This is a 674.7% increase from May 2020. It is also a 1% increase from April 2021, which already broke 20-year records.
Vice President Harris returned recently from her trip to Guatemala, where she implored the people to not come to the border. In May, Guatemalans made up just under 15% of encounters. Meanwhile, 40% were Mexican, 17% were Hondurans and only 5% were Salvadorians.
But over 160 countries were represented among the people attempting to cross the border. In May, this “other” group was the second overall represented, with 40,607 found at the border, making up 22% of all encounters. That number has quintupled since January, which saw only over 9,000.
The number of unaccompanied children at the border decreased. In April, there were 2,895 but in May there were only 640. These children also spent less time in CBP facilities. In March, a child was in their custody for an average of 133 hours, then down to 92 hours in April, and down to a 26 hour average in May.
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At a recent rally in Iowa, former President Donald Trump promised that if elected again in 2024, he would invoke the Alien Enemies Act to enable widespread deportation of migrants who have illegally entered the United States. Since President Joe Biden took office in January of 2021, over 6 million people have illegally entered the country.
Republican Representative Andy Biggs from border state Arizona, which is among the states suffering the greatest consequences from the Biden administration policies, lamented that Trump’s suggestion will be “necessary.”
Speaking on the “Just the News, No Noise” television show, Biggs stated “[I]t’s actually gonna have to be necessary.” Biggs then added his thoughts on how many more people will continue to cross the border under Biden: “Because by the time Trump gets back in office, you will have had over 10 million, in my opinion, over 10 million illegal aliens cross our border and come into the country, under the Biden regime.”
“And so when you start deporting people, and removing them from this country, what that does is that disincentivizes the tens of thousands of people who are coming,” Biggs went on. “And by the way, everyday down in Darién Gap, which is in Panama… over 5,000 people a day. [I] talk[ed] to one of my sources from the gap today. And I will just tell you, those people that you’ve seen come come in to Eagle Pass, over 7,000 in a three day period, most of those two weeks ago, were down crossing into the Darién Gap.”
“And those people… make their way up and they end up in the Eagle Pass [Texas], Del Rio area,” he continued. “So if you want to disincentivize them, you remove them from the country, which is why they remain in Mexico policy was so doggone effective at slowing down illegal border crossings.”
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