An all-time annual record was set by Border Patrol for arrests along the southern border in the fiscal year 2021. According to new data released Friday, there were 1,659,206 arrests recorded over the last 12 months crushes the previous record from the fiscal year 2000, by nearly 15,000 (The Washington Times).
Almost 500,000 of those arrested were released or turned over to other U.S. federal agencies. Many were handed over to these agencies without a clear path to deportation. In September alone, 192,000 encounters with illegal immigrants were recorded by Border Patrol. All of this has occurred during the eight months of Biden’s presidency.
“Month after month since President Biden took office, the situation at our southern border has only continued to deteriorate,” said Represenative Kevin McCarthy. President Biden has not yet visited the border. Experts have pointed to changes in policy leading to relaxed enforcement as the cause for the increase.
Under President Trump, Border Patrol agents caught and released only 17 people in his ast full month in office. Under Biden, 60,000 were released in the month of July. A record number of people encountered in the month of September were from countries other than Mexico and key Central American countries.
However, the Southern border has seen a decline in the number of juveniles crossing the border illegally without parents by almost 4,000 people from earlier in the year to September. Despite this, the overall fiscal year was by far the worst year ever recorded for unaccompanied minors. The numbers totaled almost 147,000 over a 12 month period. Several other records were set this year, including border deaths and methamphetamine and fentanyl seizures. Fox News has reported that the crisis at the border shows little signs of slowing down in the near future.