Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), the ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, warned that illegal migration “has been increasing every month since the inauguration” of President Joe Biden on January 20, in the presence of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
“An increase in migration is underway that has reached the highest levels in two decades,” Portman added. “President Biden said this was a seasonal phenomenon, that it would moderate with the summer.”
“But we are in the summer and (migrants) keep coming. We did not prepare in any way and the government is overwhelmed by the arrival of minors unaccompanied by responsible adults and families” added the Republican senator.
Nearly 189,000 undocumented immigrants were apprehended last June at the southern border of the United States, which represented an increase of 4.5% over the previous month’s figures, which had been an all-time record for more than two decades, and all despite the high temperatures that immigrants who cross the border irregularly must suffer.
The United States is going through one of the worst border crises in its history and President Biden is accused of sending messages during his campaign of openness to illegal migration. In recent weeks, the tone of Biden’s government team has changed and now rejects the arrival of migrants to the country, but the crisis remains.