US-Mexico Border Arrests Top 2 Million in a Year for the First Time in History

Arrests at the United States-Mexico border rose above 2 million in one year for the first time, according to new statistics released by President Joe Biden’s administration.

Agents made about 203,500 apprehensions at the southern border in August, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported late Sept. 19. That brought the total apprehensions in Fiscal Year 2022 to 2,150,639—up 24 percent from Fiscal Year 2021, with an entire month left.

While campaigning in 2020, Biden and his advisers said he planned if elected to dramatically change the U.S. government’s approach to immigration, including ending key Trump-era policies such as the Migration Protection Protocols. He specifically mentioned, though, not wanting to end up with two million migrants crossing the border.

“The timeline is to do it so that we, in fact, make it better, not worse. The last thing we need is to say we’re going to stop immediately the access to asylum the way it’s being run and end up with two million people on our border,” the Democrat said at the time, adding, “It’s a matter of setting up the guardrails so we can move the direction.”

Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, said that the policies former President Donald Trump put into place “were the guardrails.”

“By undoing everything Trump had done Biden’s created this migration crisis, so the August numbers aren’t a surprise,” Krikorian told The Epoch Times. “They’re just a continuation of the trend we’ve seen over the past year and a half. But they are a reminder of this administration’s culpability for this disaster at the border.”

There are no indications that the trend is going to slow down or reverse, he added, even if Republicans take over Congress in the upcoming midterm elections, because the Executive Branch is ultimately responsible for immigration policy.

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(CBP via The Epoch Times)

More Venezuelans

Administration officials emphasized that about a third of the illegal immigrants arrested at the U.S. southern border in August were from communist-ruled countries.

Out of 157,921 unique individuals encountered at the border—some are apprehended again after being ejected—55,333, or 35 percent, were from Venezuela, Cuba, or Nicaragua. That was a jump of 175 percent from August 2021.

The percentage of Mexican and Central American natives, meanwhile, taken into custody dropped 43 percent from that month.

“Failing communist regimes in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba are driving a new wave of migration across the Western Hemisphere, including the recent increase in encounters at the southwest U.S. border,” Chris Magnus, a Biden appointee who heads CBP, said in a statement.

The administration is working “to secure our border and safely and humanely process and vet every individual encountered, but those fleeing repressive regimes pose significant challenges for processing and removal,” he added.

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Chris Magnus testifies on his nomination to be the next U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner before a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct. 19, 2021. (Rod Lamkey/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

Many Removals

While setting a new record for border arrests, the administration is also on track to remove more illegal immigrants in a fiscal year than ever before.

About 977,500 expulsions have been carried out among southern border crossers this fiscal year through Title 42.

That emergency order was promulgated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the Trump administration due to concerns illegal immigrants would carry COVID-19 into the country.

Biden administration officials tried ending the order earlier this year, but were stopped by a federal judge in May because officials did not implement a public comment period as required by the Administrative Procedure Act.

Title 42 enables quick expulsion of some illegal immigrants but they are not penalized in any way. Some quickly try to cross the border again.

Twenty-two percent of those apprehended in August, according to CBP, were people who were arrested at least once in the previous 12 months.

From The Epoch Times