Border Patrol agents at the southern border have encountered more than one million illegal migrants since the start of the fiscal year in October, according to the head of a key sector.
Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Gloria Chavez made the announcement on Monday, revealing that agents had reached the one million mark overnight.
Karine Jean-Pierre attempted to explain the Biden administration's non-existent border policy and it did not go well pic.twitter.com/m7fgx6WWEG
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This latest milestone highlights the ongoing migrant crisis at the southern border, which has persisted for over two years. In FY 2020, there were just 400,000 Border Patrol encounters.
However, this figure skyrocketed to 1.6 million in FY 21 and 2.2 million in FY 22.
Last week, Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz made several revelations at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing. Ortiz told lawmakers that the agency does not have operational control of the southern border and that he disagreed with President Biden’s decision to halt border wall construction in 2021.
Overnight, #USBP hit 1M encounters!
Of that number, RGV accounts for a total of +125k migrants.
– 13 Smuggling cases
– 6 Narcotic events
– +1,300 Apprehensions
– 3 Firearms seized
– 1 Sex offender
– 1 MS-13 Apprehended pic.twitter.com/SmACVPeqSI
— Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez (@USBPChiefRGV) March 20, 2023
Ortiz also stated that a number of sectors are not secure due to the overwhelming numbers of migrants they are facing.
“In five of those nine southwest border sectors, we have seen an increase in flow and that has caused a considerable strain on our resources and really has forced the Border Patrol to move so agents and even migrants to some of the other areas,” he said in response to a question about whether the border is secure, reports Fox News.
The Biden regime, however, still believes that it is turning the corner on the crisis.
Officials say that there has been a decrease in numbers at the border since December 2021. In February 2022, the number of migrants encountered by Border Patrol between ports of entry was 128,877. This marks the second month in a row that encounters have been at their lowest since February 2021.
Karine Jean-Pierre: “the president has been doing the work at the border since day one” pic.twitter.com/X8kWTkpLHA
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The administration credits this decrease to border measures implemented in January, which include a “humanitarian parole program” that allows 30,000 Nicaraguans, Venezuelans, Haitians, and Cubans to enter the U.S. each month.
The administration has expanded Title 42 expulsions to nationals from these countries. However, despite these measures, the crisis at the southern border persists, and the situation remains a top priority for the administration.
Karine Jean-Pierre, 785 days after Biden took office:
"Look, we're going to secure the border and do the work" pic.twitter.com/rQQrbrFLMB
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