The Biden administration’s open-border policy continues to lure more illegal aliens to the United States. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) expects the number of undocumented migrants seeking to enter the U.S. southern border to surpass 2 million by the end of 2021.
According to Breitbart, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas gave the number at the hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Nov. 16.
Asked by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) if Mayorkas expected the total to reach more than 2 million crossings from January to December, he confirmed, “I believe that is correct.”
Mayorkas did not provide the number of illegal aliens successfully entering the United States through the border, saying he, as the DHS secretary, did not have the information on hand.
But in October, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) claimed in a letter sent to Mayorkas that the DHS had let “at least 500,000” border crossers and illegal aliens be released into the U.S. since January when Biden took office.
Data from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection released on Tuesday showed that 158,575 illegal migrants were apprehended at the border in October, surging 128% from last October when only 69,032 illegal aliens were caught.
The apprehended migrants include 104,441 single adults (a 75% increase from last October), 41,487 family units (a 795% increase), and 12,647 unaccompanied minors (a 170% increase).
Most of the migrants are from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.
In July, Steven Kopits with Princeton Policy Advisors forecast that the Biden administration’s “deliberate policy of holding the border open” will invite nearly 1.7 million illegal aliens arriving at the U.S. border in the 2021 calendar year, making it the worst year for illegal immigration in American history.
According to the Washington Times, the Western States Sheriffs’ Association this week issued a declaration of “no confidence” in Mayorkas, urging President Biden to oust him and find a new department chief to help restore respect for the border and immigration law.
“America’s sheriffs have watched in disbelief as the southern border has turned into an invisible line in the sand,” wrote the association, which represents 17 states.
They pointed to a surge of illegal immigrants and drugs pouring across the border in recent months and tied some recent violent crimes in major cities to them.