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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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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