The border crisis is worsening, showing that, once again, the number of apprehensions of illegal migrants will break records this fiscal year in the United States.
This Monday, January 24, the Border Patrol published the data of migrant encounters at the southern border, corresponding to December, showing that 178,840 apprehensions were made that month.
In the first three months of FY 2022 alone, there have been 518,370 apprehensions, which is more than double than the first three months of FY 2021 when the number was 218,306.
“Releases Dec SW Border encounters — 178,840 total — 2% increase from Nov — on pace to shatter FY21. At this point in FY21 — were just 218,036. Today, we’re already at 518,360,” said Fox News correspondent Griff Jenkins.
While the numbers of arrests are on the rise, so are the releases. On Tuesday, January 25, Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin witnessed how border authorities released dozens of illegal migrants, mostly single adults, who were offered cabs to take flights around the United States.
The images published by Melugin show dozens of illegal migrants released on U.S. soil, most of whom do not show up for court appearances.
At the beginning of his presidency, Biden opted not to return unaccompanied children across the border under a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Now, however, it’s not just infants but single adults.
“Single adult migrants are supposed to be expelled from the country via Title 42. CBP tells me they had no involvement with these releases. An ICE source tells me these were ICE releases. ICE tells me they are looking into it,” Melugin reported.
The border crisis figures reveal the seriousness of the situation in a country where authorities are losing control of who enters.
A report by the Washington Examiner revealed that “more than 2 million migrants were apprehended while trying to illegally enter the United States from Mexico in 2021.”
“The large majority of the 2 million encountered last year tried to get across the border between the ports of entry. Of the 2 million, more than 1.1 million were immediately expelled back to Mexico or flown to other countries. The remaining more than 800,000 were released into the U.S. under Title 42,” notes the Examiner.
Recently, a report by The Epoch Times (TET) revealed that in the five months between the end of March and the end of October 2021, more than 104,000 notices to appear were issued. Of those, 47,705 failed to appear before Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), according to official data received by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis).
Normally, upon release, illegal immigrants receive a notice to appear at a local ICE office within 60 days. Many of them do not show up and disappear from the authorities’ control.
It remains to be seen what will happen to these dozens of migrants who are being released and if the Biden-Harris administration is really doing the appropriate investigations to find out where they are coming from.
More abandoned children
At the same time that the numbers of illegal migrants apprehended in December became known, Border Patrol agent Jason Owens reported the discovery of three abandoned children at the border who are now in with the authorities.
“No parents or guardians anywhere to be found… Happening Now: 3 Honduran unaccompanied, undocumented children (ages 9, 6, & 3) were just found abandoned on a dirt road along the Rio Grande River. Thankfully, we found them first. They are safe with us,” the agent wrote.
In fiscal year 2021 (which runs from Oct. 1, 2020 to Sept. 30, 2021,) CBP recorded a total of 1.72 million migrant apprehensions. The highest number on record to date. Of that number, 146,054 “encounters” were of unaccompanied children, representing a 73% increase compared to 2019.