A new report from the Washington Post reveals that the number of illegal immigrants that have been apprehended coming across the border into the United States exploded during the month of March to over 171,000, which is the highest level our country has seen in the last 15 years.
The figures coming from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection figures are in direct contradiction to claims that President Joe Biden has made that his administration is not facing an influx of illegals that is any different than what has been experienced in previous years.
The jump in the number of migrants arriving as part of family groups was even greater last month, soaring to more than 53,000 from 19,246 in February and 7,294 in January.
“These numbers suggest a new level of challenge for the administration as they look for a sensible border strategy, particularly given the rise in the number of families,” said Andrew Selee, president of the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute. “They’re facing a set of tough options for trying to manage the flow in a way that’s consistent with the desire for humanitarian treatment and yet dissuades people from coming.”advertisement — content continues below
While Biden insisted last week that such a rise in those crossing the border happens every year, the March enforcement statistics contradict that claim, according to the Post.
The massive increase in illegal immigrant crossings at the border during the first two months of Biden’s term as president is much more than any other comparable period in the last 20 years. The biggest two-month increase in the previous surge that took place in 2019 was 45,000, while between the months of January and March it was more than 90,000.
“Border agents have been contending with the overwhelming number of unaccompanied children in their care in recent weeks, with many held in cramped detention conditions for much longer than legal limits while they wait for bed space to open at emergency shelters administered by the Department of Health and Human Services,” Newsmax reported.
To help with the current crisis, CBP announced last Friday that they would be opening up a brand new 90,000-square-foot tent facility located near the city of Eagle Pass, Texas, with another site being considered in the state of Arizona.