Historically, border crossings drop during the hottest months of summer, but “this July, however, the opposite happened, suggesting that other factors were at play” reports National Review. Preliminary U.S. Customs and Border Protection data show 130,000 individuals attempting to illegally enter the United States were arrested, up from 99,545 in June.
Just what factors are at play? National Review reports on the latest Biden administration’s actions which have secured the growing numbers:
Prior to the spike in July, there was a massive drop in illegal immigration in June. That was a “temporary wait-and-see respite because of the new supposedly tough asylum rules” that the Biden administration imposed after the expiration of Title 42, the Trump-era Covid policy, Mark Krikorian, executive director for the Center for Immigration Studies, told National Review. During the pandemic, Title 42 authorized border agents to expel migrants as a means to prevent the spread of communicable diseases.
The new Biden rule was touted as a tough carrot-and-stick policy, Krikorian said, allowing border personnel to deny asylum claims made by migrants who had not first applied online or applied for asylum in a country they passed through on their way to the U.S. But illegal immigrants learned they could seek entry via the CBP One app, expanded by the Department of Homeland Security in January. The app lets illegal immigrants make appointments at a port of entry to file asylum claims.
Former acting DHS secretary Chad Wolf recently accused the Biden administration of using the app to coverup the magnitude of recent illegal immigration. He said at a dereliction of duty” hearing targeting current DHS secretary Alejandro Mayorkas that the app could exacerbate the serious fraud that already exists in the asylum process.
“Smugglers figured out they weren’t all that tough,” Krikorian said of what happened in practice after the Biden asylum rules were announced, “so now traffic is back up again.”
Majority of the increased apprehensions occurred in southern Arizona, where temperatures have been above 110 degrees. In the Tucson sector alone, border patrol agents arrested around 40,000 illegal immigrants, the highest one-month total for the area in 15 years, CBP data indicate.
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“No city should be left to handle a national humanitarian crisis largely on its own, and without the significant and timely support we need from Washington, D.C., today’s budget will only be the beginning,” said New York City Democratic Mayor Eric Adams about his decision to make budget cuts as a result of the overwhelming migrant crisis.
However, those who will suffer from budget cuts to the city’s services to offset the cost of dealing with the ever-increasing number of migrants are those that are in place to make the city better.
“The cuts will see police freeze hiring and bring the total number of police officers below 30,000. It would further slash the education budget by $1 billion over two years and affect a litany of other agencies” reports Just The News.
Albeit, Adams admitted: “In all my time in government, this is probably one of the most painful exercises I’ve gone through.” More than 110,000 migrants have arrived in New York City over the past year, including roughly 13,000 sent from Texas by GOP Governor Greg Abbott as part of his ongoing bussing plan to send new arrivals to the U.S. to sanctuary cities.
However, similar to other leaders of sanctuary cities, Adams is unwilling to put his money where his mouth is. In September, Adams warned that the crisis would “destroy New York City” and begged the federal government to pay for his mess.
“I’m gonna tell you something, New Yorkers, never in my life have I had a problem that I didn’t see an ending to. I don’t see an ending to this,” Adams said at the time. “The federal government needs to do its job. We need the federal government, the Congress members, the Senate and the president to do their job: close the borders,” said Adams’ advisor Ingrid Lewis Martin insisted in early October. “And until you close the borders, you need to come on with a full-on decompression strategy where you can take all of our migrants and move them through our 50 states.”
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