As migrant encounters at the border reach record highs, the rhetoric and policies of the Biden administration have come under fire.
According to Customs and Border Protection (CBP), June’s migrant encounters numbered 188,829 — an increase from the nearly 180,000 stops of May. These numbers are unrivaled in recent years. June of last year totalled a mere 30,000. Even the 2019 spike which sparked media attention and intense critiques of Trump era policies never exceeded 150,000 monthly encounters. This current spike has exceeded the 150,000 threshold for the 4th month in a row, showing no signs of slowing down.
What’s worse, compared to the 2019 spike, Unaccompanied Children (UC) encounters have been much higher — consistently over 15,000 per month (CBP). FBA has previously reported of multiple incidents where children were found abandoned by migrant groups heading to the US-Mexico border.
Acting CBP Commissioner Troy Miller warned, “although CBP does everything it can to locate and rescue individuals who are lost or distressed, the bottom line is this: The terrain along the border is extreme, the summer heat is severe, and the miles of desert migrants must hike after crossing the border in many areas are unforgiving.”
While most illegal migrants are expelled via Title 42, a Trump era policy, Unaccompanied Children and families are released into the interior of the United States, often without court dates (Fox News). Republicans have criticized this policy arguing the Migrant Protection Protocols, which deported migrants to Mexico to await hearings, were more effective. Increased crossings have also been attributed to Biden’s stopping of border wall construction. In response, Texas announced it will build a wall along its southern border.
Furthermore, Republican Governors of Iowa and Tennessee have accused the Biden administration of transporting unaccompanied children into their states, “under the cover of darkness, with no advance notification.” The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) released a statement asserting that these transports serve the unification process of children, but did not elaborate on whether state officials would be notified.
ARTICLE: DAVID NISSING
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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