Border authorities estimate that almost a thousand immigrants entered the country undetected amid one of the greatest border crises in U.S. history.
A report by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) revealed that although apprehensions at the southern border have increased, almost 1,000 people have managed to enter the territory illegally during the border crisis.
According to the newspaper, in March the Border Patrol apprehended more than 170,000 migrants illegally crossing the southern border, while other migrants are crossing without being caught: “In recent days, border officials have estimated that nearly a thousand migrants have entered the country undetected, according to people familiar with the matter.”
Biden’s open border policies caused Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to focus on looking for illegal migrants who have recently crossed the border. This is the reason why deportation and apprehension numbers declined, according to WSJ.
“Deportations fell by nearly 50%. And ICE’s population of immigrants in detention—which peaked above 56,000 in 2019—fell to 14,000 in March.”
According to immigration law, anyone in the country without legal status can be deported, but under the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris administration this is not enforced and, instead, priorities were set on who can and cannot be detained.
According to the WSJ, for the Democratic administration, if an illegal immigrant has only committed “minor offenses,” he or she does not deserve to be deported or detained, unless he or she meets the new guidelines of having recently entered the country.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have the exclusive directive to detain recent illegal crossers who they consider “threats to national security”. If they wish to detain someone outside of that guideline, prior written approval from senior ICE officials must be sought.
Dfficulties in detaining migrants who have commited offenses
Border agents say that making apprehensions has become cumbersome. “Many cities, under so-called sanctuary laws, won’t provide the police reports needed to make the case to arrest someone—for example, to document that someone has participated in gang activity. And often, by the time a case comes together, the person has already been released.”
In the face of outrage over the limitations placed on officers to detain illegal migrants with crimes in the midst of a border crisis, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich issued a lawsuit against the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris administration.
“It’s really gutting our immigration laws and it’s part of a radical agenda of the Biden administration,” Brnovich said to the WSJ.
Inmigrants cross illegally and some are just freed into the U.S. amid the border crisis
David Grantham, a national security and counterterrorism expert on border crisis, said in an interview for El American that what is happening with migrants at the southern border is an “unprecedented” situation.
In addition to nearly a thousand migrants entering undetected, other groups are being released due to a lack of agents.
“We have heard that people are being released because agents are overwhelmed. It’s not a political decision, as far as we know, but a logistical decision. As more people arrive at the border, agents are forced to perform other duties. So some people are being released or simply passed over because there are not enough agents,” Grantham said.