Since the agency’s founding in 1924, the Border Patrol has eclipsed the total number of migrant apprehensions made in any year along the southwest border.
According to a source within Customs and Border Protection, the unofficial apprehension record for the year as of Wednesday indicates more than 1,646,000, reported Breitbart.
The figure includes arrests made across the nine southwest Border Patrol Sectors, which span California and Texas. According to CBP, the previous high was 1,643,679 arrests in 2000.
According to the source, the tally does not include more than 2,000 migrants apprehended by the Border Patrol along the USA’s northern and coastal borders.
The northern and coastal Border Patrol sectors had lower totals than in the past due to manning constraints induced by personnel transfers to the southwest.
The spike in apprehensions, according to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, is nothing new. “We are certainly seeing a large number here this year, but in 2019, we saw a large number. In 2014, in 2010. This is nothing new,” Mayorkas told Fox News’s Chris Wallace. In 2014, in 2010, in 2009, “This isn’t something new,” he claims.
The remark ignores the fact that the total number of migrant apprehensions along the southwest border with Mexico is more than any previous year apprehension data, which dates back to 1925 when the Border Patrol apprehended 22,199 migrants—mostly on horseback.
When President Joe Biden took office in January, there was hope that policy improvements on the southern border might aid in the resolution of the situation.
However, there was a surge of migrants entering, with some hoping that Biden’s kinder stance on immigration than his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, would make the long process smoother in the end.
Recently, Drone footage taken by Fox News startled the nation as 12,000 illegal immigrants from Haiti set up camp under a bridge and waited in 100-degree temperatures for their chance to enter the United States, reported The Hill.
While Republican and Democratic lawmakers tried to find a means to end the crisis, the Biden administration refused to change the rules that led to the tragedy and has no plans to apply new mechanisms to stop the flow.
“The President has a plan for taxes. Where is the plan to protect our southern border?” Democratic Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano asked on Twitter. “The VP is able to visit the fun events across the country, while American communities continue to grapple with failed immigration reform. Where is the visit to Del Rio, TX?”
“It is the policy of this administration. We do not agree with the building of the wall,” Mayorkas said during a recent interview with “Fox News Sunday.” “I wouldn’t call it a flood.”
During a trip to Guatemala and Mexico, Vice President Kamala Harris, who has the border as part of her portfolio, announced task force groups for smuggling, trafficking, corruption, housing and entrepreneur aid, and a $40 million young women’s empowerment initiative.
Harris also took the opportunity to issue an urgent-sounding message to those planning migration, reported ABC News.
“I want to be clear to folks in this region who are thinking about making that dangerous trek to the United States-Mexico border: Do not come. Do not come. The United States will continue to enforce our laws and secure our border. There are legal methods by which migration can and should occur, but we, as one of our priorities, will discourage illegal migration. And I believe, if you come to our border, you will be turned back.”