When Joe Biden ascended to the presidency in 2020, there were fears that his reign would bring with it a massive surge in immigration. This is due largely to the fact that Democrats have long been more lenient when it comes to migrants illegally crossing into the United States.
Of course, the Biden administration has rebuked this idea, characterizing the surge as a “seasonal one”, but also appointing Vice President Kamala Harris to oversee the issue. Harris has yet to visit the border, however, but that’s another issue entirely.
Just how bad is the surge? New data seems to indicate that it is historically worrisome.
During the month of March, Border Patrol agents took 168,195 migrants after they illegally entered the U.S. from Mexico according to the Southwest Land Border Encounters report released on Thursday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
“CBP has experienced an increase in encounters and arrests. This is not new. Encounters have continued to increase since April 2020, and our past experiences have helped us be better prepared for the challenges we face this year,” said CBP Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Commissioner Troy Miller in a written statement. “We are committed to balancing the need to maintain border security, care for those in our custody, and keep the American people and our workforce safe.”
The surge has put such a strain on the border that the Department of Homeland Security has suggested that it may look into the continued construction of the border wall, despite longstanding Democratic opposition to such a move.
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