Newly released Customs and Border Patrol data shows that the crisis on the nation’s southern border continues to deepen.
From the Daily Wire:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection data published Tuesday showed that immigration arrests and detentions on the U.S.-Mexico shot up to in April at 178,622, a 3% increase from March, the highest in the history of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The media tried to spin the news as a bit of a win for the Biden administration because the surge in arrests of illegal aliens was driven in large part by single adults while the number of unaccompanied minors apprehended fell.
While many commented on the modest increase between March and April, others pointed out that the situation is much more dire when compared to this time last year:
Former senior Trump immigration adviser Stephen Miller noted that there had been more than a 1,000% increase in the number of illegal aliens apprehended on the southern border in April 2021 under Biden than in April 2020 under Trump.
“This is what happens you implement Catch-and-Release,” Miller wrote on Twitter. “The border of the United States has been erased.”
“Just when you think it can’t get worse on the border…it does,” Miller added. “Almost 180K illegal aliens apprehended in April, smashing records set in March. This doesn’t include tens of thousands of got aways who sneak in without being apprehended. Disaster doesn’t even begin to describe it.”
The Biden administration has been using a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regulation that largely bans single adults from crossing the border in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. CBP officials say that with single adults largely driving the increase in April apprehensions, 62.5% of all migrants apprehended at the border last month were expelled from the country.
The administration has also touted its work lowering the amount of unaccompanied minors in custody. In March, there were more than 5,000 migrant children cramming detention facilities for longer than the maximum allowed time of 72 hours. But now officials say that number is down to 455 children, who spend an average of 28 hours in detention facilities.
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