Since President Joe Biden assumed office in January 2021, there has been an alarming increase in illegal border crossings, with more than 10 million individuals reported to have entered the United States through unauthorized means.
This staggering figure exceeds the population of 41 individual states and has far-reaching implications for the nation. In this article, we will explore the factors contributing to this surge, look into the concerning statistics, and discuss the implications for the 2024 elections.
Historical Record: Unprecedented Numbers
The Biden administration witnessed an unprecedented surge in illegal border crossings, reaching a historic number that eclipses any previous administration’s records.
Exceeding the Population of 41 States
The total number of illegal border crossers surpasses the combined populations of 41 U.S. states, highlighting the scale of the issue.
Policy Changes and Their Impact
The surge in illegal crossings followed the administration’s changes in border security policies and the implementation of various immigration measures.
A Shift in Policy Direction
President Biden and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas halted numerous existing border security policies, creating an environment conducive to increased illegal entry.
Encouraging Global Influx
The administration encouraged people from around the world to use a phone app for entry into the U.S., further complicating the border crisis.
Facilitating Entry Abroad
Streamlining the U.S. entry application process in foreign countries added to the surge in illegal border crossings.
Official Border Apprehensions
The official Customs and Border Protection data reported a significant number of apprehensions.
Fiscal Year Breakdown
The data is broken down into fiscal years, providing insights into the trends.
Gotaway Data: A Hidden Challenge
It shows the hidden challenge of gotaway data that CBP does not publicly report.
Escalating Gotaway Numbers
Former CBP Chief Mark Morgan predicted a significant increase in gotaway data for fiscal year 2023.
Growing Gotaway Numbers
The significant increase in known, reported gotaway numbers also increases problems.
Unknown Gotaways: The Unseen Crisis
Law enforcement officials admit they have no idea about the total number of gotaways, creating an even more significant issue.
Total Estimated Illegal Crossings
The combined known apprehensions and minimum gotaway estimates leave us with a shocking total.
Implications for the Nation
The massive influx affects the country’s demographics and security.
National Security Concerns
The number of apprehensions of known, suspected terrorists (KSTs) and criminal noncitizens is evidence of a growing concern that is a critical national security aspect of the border crisis.
Implications We’ll Soon See
In light of these alarming statistics, it is evident that the surge in illegal border crossings poses significant challenges to the United States.
The implications of this crisis will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in the 2024 elections, making it a crucial issue for the nation to address.
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