While President Joe Biden scales back border security and prosecutions, a record-breaking number of migrants, 207,416, were arrested trying to illegally cross the border last month. That’s the highest number ever recorded in June since the beginning of U.S. Customs and Border Protection began tracking apprehensions.
CBP and several media outlets bragged that arrests in June were down 14 percent since May of this year, when CBP reported the highest number of border arrests ever recorded: 240,991. June, however, was the fourth month this year to yield more than 200,000 apprehensions and even featured a record number of terrorist screening hits and a rise in cocaine seizures.
Just halfway through the calendar year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has already recorded more than 1 million arrests at the border. Since last June, border agents have apprehended more than 2.5 million illegal border-crossers, even higher than the 2 million recorded between January 2021 and January 2022.
Shortly after Biden took office in January of 2021, CBP’s “Southwest Land Border Encounters By Month” chart was enlarged to accommodate the unparalleled influx of illegal migration over the last year and a half. The data clearly show the current surge started as soon as Biden was inaugurated and hasn’t subsided since.
Despite a record-breaking number of migrant apprehensions in 2021 and 2022, the Biden administration is working to undo the Trump administration’s Title 42, a public health order designed to expedite the expulsion of illegal border-crossers during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the Migrant Protection Protocols, or “Remain in Mexico” policy, which the Supreme Court recently ruled Biden could eliminate.
An internal Department of Homeland Security memo obtained by the Washington Free Beacon shows the Biden administration also reduced prosecutions for illegal border-crossers in 2021 by nearly 80 percent. Of the 1,734,686 migrants who were caught illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in the 2021 fiscal year, only 2,896 were transferred to U.S. Marshals Service for prosecution. That’s significantly lower than the 13,213 migrants who were transferred in the 2020 fiscal year.
On top of the Biden administration’s attempts to scale back border security and prosecutions, the federal government just awarded a $172 million contract to the left-wing George Soros-linked group Vera Institute of Justice to help illegal immigrants avoid deportation.
Jordan Boyd is a staff writer at The Federalist and co-producer of The Federalist Radio Hour. Her work has also been featured in The Daily Wire and Fox News. Jordan graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @jordanboydtx.