Yes, it’s still a mess.
Title 42 ended in May. Apprehensions at the border dropped by 42% in June.
The Washington Post issued a scathing article about the Biden administration’s failures at the border in July 2023. The preliminary data from the Customs and Border Protection (CBP):
- Border arrests jumped 30%
- 130,000 arrests along the border
- 40,000 arrests alone in the Tucson sector (highest one-month total in 15 years)
- Around 50,000 migrants waived through
The Washington Free Beacon‘s data says the administration waived through 45,662 migrants.
So anywhere between 45,000 and 50,000.
All of those migrants had the CBP One mobile app the administration has bragged about for months.
But large groups started coming back to the border in July despite the extreme heat. Those people came from Mexico, Central America, and Africa:
Smuggling organizations have shifted traffic to those areas because they know U.S. authorities have limited detention space and migrants who cross into Arizona are more likely to be quickly released, according to two CBP officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.
In CBP’s Rio Grande Valley and Del Rio sectors, tens of thousands of migrants crossed the Rio Grande into Texas, skirting concertina wire, floating barriers and other obstacles deployed by Gov. Greg Abbott’s “Operation Lone Star” campaign, the latest figures show.
Family groups increased in July as well, causing more problems. The administration eliminated the family detention centers in 2021:
Parents with children comprise about half of the migrants currently held in CBP custody, according to one official, who also spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak to reporters.
To accommodate more families and provided better conditions for children, the Biden administration is expanding its use of temporary “soft-sided” facilities with steep operating costs. The large tent structures provide more amenities than brick-and-mortar Border Patrol stations whose austere holding cells were designed for adults.
The numbers make sense because the Sanctuary City of New York City is running out of room. Mayor Eric Adams has even pleaded with migrants not to come to the city.DONATE
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