A NEW RECORD: 250,000 Illegal Aliens Were Apprehended at US-Mexico Border in December
The number of illegal alien encounters across the US for December 2022 reached a monthly record. According to figures from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), this figure reached over 250,000.
The 251,487 encounters, per CBP data, tops the prior record of 241,136 in May 2022. In addition, the December figure was 7% higher than the November number of 234,896. The most recent December figures also tops December border patrol encounters in the past two years: 73,994 (2020) and 179,253 (2021). Of the December encounters, 14% of them were illegal aliens who had been apprehended by US border patrol agents in the previous 12 months.
In December 2022, there were a total of 216,162 unique encounters, which is 11% higher than November 2022 figures. The increase is “driven largely by an increased number of individuals fleeing authoritarian regimes in Cuba and Nicaragua,” the CBP reported.
Mark Morgan, a former acting CBP commissioner and visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation described the situation at the border a “catastrophic crisis”. In addition, he claims that the Biden regime has misrepresented the situation at the southern border.
“What’s been happening at the border the last two years continues to be a catastrophic crisis, and the White House, Secretary Mayorkas, and the open-borders advocates on the left continue to lie about it,” he said to The Epoch Times in an email correspondence. “Under the last Democratic president, 25,000 encounters was a borderline crisis—for the Biden administration, 10 times that number is simply business as usual.”
Morgan proclaimed that the Biden regime’s open border policies have all “abjectly failed, yet [Mayorkas] continues to absurdly claim the opposite.”
“No sane person could look at the border and claim we’re on the right course. Any other secretary would have long ago resigned in shame and disgrace, but it’s clear Secretary Mayorkas simply has no shame to begin with. So, Congress must immediately move to impeach him, begin meaningful oversight, and pass legislation to end the crisis and reduce illegal immigration,” he added.
Since Biden was installed in office in 2021 and has attempted to undermine Trump-era border policies, illegal immigration has surged to alarming levels.
Over 2.3 million apprehensions were recorded at the southern border in fiscal year 2022, which ended on September 30, 2022 — a 37% increase from fiscal year 2021.
“Joe Biden is the first president in my lifetime to intentionally un-secure the border. By way of more than 90 executive orders, he undid the successful Trump-era policies that brought illegal immigration to a 40-year low and gave us the most secure border of our lifetimes,” Tom Homan, former acting ICE director and Heritage visiting fellow, said to The Epoch Times in an email.
Homan continued sounding off against the Biden regime’s open border policies:
This president and his team were warned what would happen if they got rid of those policies. They did it anyway, and you’re looking at the consequences.More Americans than ever dying from fentanyl flooding across the southwest border. More women and children abused and sexually assaulted on the dangerous journey through Central America and Mexico. More migrants found dead on U.S. soil than ever. Record profits for the cartels as they traffic and smuggle historic numbers of drugs and people across the border. It’s inhumane. It’s a slap in the face to the men and women of the Border Patrol, who are absolutely overwhelmed, as well as to ICE agents who’ve been told they can’t detain or deport most of those who break our laws.
Indeed, the Biden regime has been a disaster on immigration policy. That’s to be expected given the modern-day Democratic Party’s Great Replacement fetish, where they use mass migration as an electoral strategy to achieve political hegemony. The Democrats can’t be trusted on the border. Nor can most Republicans either. It’s up to America First nationalists to take over the GOP and implement a patriotic immigration reform agenda.
It’s the only way to save the US from a multicultural tyranny.