Sources at the Border Patrol say that “got-aways,” migrants who manage to escape apprehension, have nearly doubled this fiscal year while apprehensions at the border have reached a 15 year high.
A U.S. Border Patrol source reports the number of migrant “got-away’s” tallied by the agency surpassed 118,000 for this fiscal year. In less than six months, the “got-away” number is nearly double that for all of Fiscal Year 2020. Last year, 69,000 illegal immigrants managed to avoid apprehension by the Border Patrol. Sources report the sharpest increase began in January as President Joe Biden took office.
This particular metric is usually not released by Department of Homeland Security officials. The numbers are achieved by counting illegal immigrants who ultimately escape Border Patrol apprehension after being observed by aircraft platforms and camera systems.
A source told Breitbart that agents have counted even more “got-away’s” by tracking footprints that have crossed the border, detailing some of the tricks the migrants use to avoid being detected:
“That’s where it gets tricky,” says a Border Patrol agent with knowledge of the data who is not authorized to speak in the issue. “On a small trail, dozens can walk all over each other’s footprints, so you just do your best. Often, they’ll glue carpet to the soles of their shoes making detection even harder.”
The source reports that for these reasons, the got-away count is usually lower than reality. How much so is debatable as the latter method of counting is not scientific.
The spike in “got-away’s” comes at the same time as officials have reported the highest amount of apprehensions at the border since 2006.
The surge comes as President Biden spent much of his first few weeks in office dismantling much of the border security policies of former President Trump, helping to incentivize thousands of migrants to attempt the illegal crossing.
The administration has so far denied there is a crisis at the border, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has acknowledged there is a “humanitarian challenge.” Of course, Pelosi laid blame for that “challenge on the previous administration.
“This is a humanitarian challenge to all of us,” Pelosi told ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos on Sunday. “What the administration has inherited is a broken system at the border, and they are working to correct that in the children’s’ interest.”
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