Arrests of terror-list members skyrocketed at the US-Mexico border from less than 10 a year under former President Donald Trump to 98 in 2022 under President Biden.
The spike in arrests also looks likely to continue, with border authorities already holding 38 terror watchlists in fiscal year 2023, which began Oct. 1. illegal immigration.
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data says there were some 36,000 border encounters in February 2020, Biden’s first full month in office. Biden’s most recent full month in office, December 2022, says 251,000 border encounters.
Those stats don’t tell the full story either, as CBP has also tracked about 1.2 million known “breakaways” since Biden took office. CBP defines “breakaways” as migrants that border officials were able to detect but not arrest.
BIDEN ADMINISTRATION ENTERS THIRD YEAR OF CRISIS AT THE SOUTHERN BORDER WITH UNCERTAIN IMMIGRATION POLICIES IN 2023
Biden visited the border for the first time during his presidency in early January, but many border agents argued it was too little and too late. The border crisis has attracted even staunch Democrats Mayor Eric Adams of New York to criticize Biden’s handling of the issue.
Adams last week described the border crisis as a national issue and called on Biden and Congress to take action. The northern governor has been swept up in the immigration battle thanks to the policies of Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who has transported thousands of migrants to New York City.
The Republican argues that the flow of migrants to powerful Democratic cities like NYC, Chicago and Washington, DC is the only way to force Democrats to confront the realities of the border crisis.
Statistics suggest that terror organizations are also trying to capitalize on the border chaos, with fears of waiting list terror rising from less than 10 a year under former President Donald Trump to 98 by 2022.
CBP saw an estimated 718,000 border encounters in the first 100 days of fiscal year 2023.
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The White House has long tried to dismiss the rise as an annual event, but historical data shows that the current crisis goes far beyond traditional annual increases.