As Joe Biden prepares to remove Title 42 enforcement power from law enforcement agents at the southern border, the illegal immigration crisis facing the nation is growing worse daily. With the traditional peak months for illegal border crossings approaching, the nation is already seeing hundreds of thousands of border encounters with illegals every month.
New data indicates that in March there were more than 221,000 apprehensions at the southern border. That is the highest monthly number in 22 years and is a 33 percent increase over February’s number of almost 166,000 border arrests.
Single adults made up 76 percent of the March encounters, also a 33 percent one-month increase. Arrests of families traveling together shot up 42 percent since February. The unaccompanied minor count remained at 18 percent.
Fentanyl seizures skyrocketed by 55 percent over the last month as national overdoses, particularly among black teenagers, continue to rise steadily.
The first half of fiscal year 2022 has seen around 1.2 million arrests of illegal immigrants at the southern border. With the numbers surging, it is all but certain that total encounters will far exceed 2 million by the end of the fiscal year in September.
Most of the new migrants will end up joining the 2.5 million who have already been allowed to enter the U.S. since Biden assumed office. Many others will join the hundreds of thousands of “got-aways” who have slipped into America without encountering the nation’s overextended law enforcement agencies.
The total data for 2021 indicates that around 47,000 illegal immigrants were released into the U.S. interior because of new Biden policies without reporting to Immigration and Customs Enforcement as they were legally required to do. Last year also saw at least 23 individuals on the terror watch list illegally enter the country at the southern border.
As Biden moves forward with his promised repeal of Title 42, more arrests and releases are expected. Title 42 is the Trump-era public health order used to refuse entry to illegal border crossers on an expedited basis in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As it stands, the order will cease to be enforced on May 23.
Despite bipartisan calls on the Biden administration to do something to control the illegal immigration crisis, it seems to be bent on carrying out the progressive mission to erase the nation’s borders.