US-Mexico border stops 2 million people in one year for first time in history

Arrests at the US-Mexico border topped 2 million for the first time in a year, according to new statistics released by President Joe Biden’s administration.

Officers made about 203,500 arrests at the southern border in August, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported as of late September 19. This brought the total number of arrests in fiscal year 2022 to 2,150,639, up 24% from fiscal year 2021, with one full month remaining. .

During the campaign in 2020, Biden and his advisers said he planned, if elected, to radically change the US government’s approach to immigration, including ending key policies of the era. Trump such as the migration protection protocols. However, he specifically mentioned that he did not want to end up with two million migrants crossing the border.

“The schedule is to do it in a way that we make it better, not worse. The last thing we need is to say we’re going to immediately shut down access to asylum as it’s being run and end up with two million people on our border,” the Democrat said at the time. adding: “It’s a matter of putting the guardrails in place so we can move the steering.

Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, said the policies put in place by former President Donald Trump “were safeguards”.

“By undoing everything Trump had done, Biden created this migration crisis, so the August numbers are no surprise,” Krikorian told The Epoch Times. “They’re just a continuation of the trend we’ve seen over the past year and a half. But they’re a reminder of this administration’s culpability in this border disaster.

There is no sign that the trend will slow or reverse, he added, even if Republicans take control of Congress in the upcoming midterm elections, because the executive branch is ultimately responsible for the immigration policy.

(CBP via The Epoch Times)

More Venezuelans

Administration officials pointed out that about a third of the illegal immigrants arrested at the US southern border in August were from countries under Communist rule.

Of 157,921 unique individuals encountered at the border – some are apprehended again after being deported – 55,333, or 35%, were from Venezuela, Cuba or Nicaragua. That was a 175% jump from August 2021.

The percentage of natives of Mexico and Central America, meanwhile, arrested fell 43% from that month.

“Failing communist regimes in Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba are driving a new wave of migration across the Western Hemisphere, including the recent increase in encounters at the southwestern United States border,” said Chris Magnus, a Biden appointee who heads CBP, in a statement. .

The administration is working “to secure our border and safely and humanely process and screen every individual it encounters, but those fleeing repressive regimes pose significant challenges for processing and removal,” he added.

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Chris Magnus testifies on his nomination as the next U.S. Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection before a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct. 19, 2021. (Rod Lamkey/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

Many moves

While setting a new record for border arrests, the administration is also on track to eliminate more illegal immigrants in a fiscal year than ever before.

Approximately 977,500 evictions were carried out among Southern Borderlands in this fiscal year through Title 42.

This emergency order was issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under the Trump administration due to concerns that illegal immigrants were carrying COVID-19 into the country.

Biden administration officials tried to end the order earlier this year, but were stopped by a federal judge in May because officials failed to implement a public comment period like the requires the Administrative Procedure Act.

Title 42 allows for the rapid deportation of certain illegal immigrants but they are in no way penalized. Some quickly try to cross the border again.

Twenty-two percent of those apprehended in August, according to CBP, were people who had been arrested at least once in the previous 12 months.

Zachary Stieber


Zachary Stieber covers US and world news. He is based in Maryland.

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