Even as records continue to fall as the border crisis continues, former President Donald Trump reminded Americans that his policies for securing the border with Mexico were largely successful.
Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) reports a new record of 2.15 million encounters in the latest fiscal year — with still a month to go. August recorded the sixth straight month of over 200,000 apprehensions along the border with 203,597.
Posting on his Truth Social platform, the former president reminded Americans that it was just two years ago when “we had the strongest and best Southern Border in U.S. history.”
The numbers are hard to argue with. According to CBP figures, there have been 2,150,639 illegal migrant encounters in the first 11 months of the current fiscal year. This tops last year’s record mark of 1,734,686.
Compare those numbers to 2019 and 2020, even though the latter was affected by the pandemic. For 2019, there were 977,509 encounters, and 2020’s total dove to 458,088.
BREAKING: It’s official. For the first time, migrant encounters at the border have surpassed two million in one year.
CBP reports there were 203,598 migrant encounters at the border in August, bringing the total for FY’22 to 2,150,370, and there is still one month left to go.
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) September 19, 2022
Trump noted that migrants knew it would be very hard to come in and even harder to remain in the U.S. He said that’s “the best Border policy of them all, by far.” The wall was built, he said, and along with Remain in Mexico, the combination worked to stave off what has now become a border crisis.
The Remain in Mexico policy forced illegal migrants to stay on the Mexican side of the border while their asylum requests were heard in U.S. immigration court. President Joe Biden ended that policy.
Republicans across the nation are counting on Biden’s border mess to play into their hands when the November midterm elections arrive. Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel wrote Monday that safety is a major concern when considering the Democrats’ “dereliction of duty.”
McDaniel urged voters to remember the “safety and security of loved ones” in the face of Biden and his party’s open border policies.
Trump is right, of course. Migrants are not going to flood the nation’s southern border if they know it is unlikely to be successful, and the numbers bear his argument out. The border mess is unquestionably Biden’s, but it does not appear he’s anywhere close to taking control.