During March, the Border Patrol made approximately 210,000 apprehensions along the US-Mexico border, making it the busiest month on the border in President Biden’s presidency.
The figures were provided as part of a court action involving border enforcement and the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, which the Biden team has been ordered to reinstate.
Agents apprehended 209,906 illegal immigrants, while officials at ports of entry logged another 11,397 interactions with unlawful migrants, according to the paper. The statistics also revealed the imminent issues Homeland Security expects to confront when the Title 42 pandemic border closure ends later next month.
About half of all the illegal immigrants nabbed last month, whether by the Border Patrol operating between border crossings or Customs and Border Protection officers manning the official ports of entry, were immediately ousted under Title 42.
Right now, Title 42 is the only thing standing between us and an effectively open border. That’s because Biden immediately revoked President Donald Trump’s other successful border initiatives after taking office.
He repealed the “Remain in Mexico” policy, which obliged asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their claim was processed, discouraging those who made bogus claims from crossing the border.
Biden also ended Trump’s “safe third country agreements” with El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, which allowed migrants to seek asylum in the first foreign nation they entered, lowering the incentive to undertake the long and risky journey to the US border.
Biden effectively hung a giant welcome sign for those who do make the voyage. Despite record-high border crossings, deportations have plummeted under Biden’s watch to the lowest levels in the agency’s history.
The administration was obliged to reinstate the program by a federal judge, but it was administered anemically, according to The Washington Post, “with a narrow breadth and none of the passion” of his predecessor.
March was the worst month for the Border Patrol since March 2000, when 220,063 illegal immigrants were captured.