Illegal border crossings have broken 20-year records for the fourth consecutive month as President Biden’s border crisis continues to worsen, according to newly released data from Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
“CBP said that 188,829 migrants were encountered at the southern border, an increase from the 180,034 encountered in May,” Fox News reported. “It is also a sharp rise since when President Biden took office — there were 78,442 encounters in January.”
“Compared to 2020, the numbers are staggeringly higher. Just 33,049 migrants were encountered in June 2020. It is even higher than the numbers in June 2019, when the border was in the midst of what was then a historic crisis at the border — 104,311 were encountered two years ago,” Fox News added. “June’s numbers also take the number of encounters in FY 2021 to more than 1 million, with three months left to go. That’s in comparison to just over 458,000 in all of FY 2020 and 977,509 in all of FY 2019.”
“More illegal immigrants were encountered at our Southern border last month than in any month in over 20 years: 188,829,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) wrote on Twitter. “These encounters have increased every single month that Joe Biden has been president. The Biden Border Crisis is getting worse.”
￼🚨BREAKING —> More illegal immigrants were encountered at our Southern border last month than in any month in over 20 years: 188,829
These encounters have increased every single month that Joe Biden has been president. The Biden Border Crisis is getting worse. pic.twitter.com/WlxsGiOHwJ
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) July 16, 2021
Illegal immigration began to surge after Biden dedicated the beginning of his time in office to weakening border security. For example, in mid-February, Biden issued a Memorandum that made the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “functionally abolished,” according to the Washington Post.
The Washington Post reported in May, “Under new Biden administration rules curtailing immigration enforcement, ICE carried out fewer than 3,000 deportations last month, the lowest level on record. The agency’s 6,000 officers currently average one arrest every two months.”
“ICE under President Biden is an agency on probation,” the Washington Post continued. “The new administration has rejected calls from some Democrats to eliminate the agency entirely, but Biden has placed ICE deportation officers on a leash so tight that some say their work is being functionally abolished.”
The record-breaking illegal immigration levels have overwhelmed facilities at the border, with one facility reaching 729% capacity in March and forcing children to sleep on the floor. According to reports earlier this year, children apprehended at the border are kept by the Biden administration in facilities “akin to jails” for “an average of 120 hours,” nearly double the legal limit.
“Migrant children are being forced to sleep on gym mats with foil sheets and go for days without showering as the Border Patrol struggles to handle thousands of young Central Americans who are surging across the southwestern border, some of them as young as a year old,” The New York Times reported. “Many of the children interviewed by … lawyers in recent days said they had not been allowed outdoors for days on end, confined to an overcrowded tent.”