In January the Biden administration announced they finally had a plan to secure the southern border.
One of their solutions included enhancing the CBP One app. Biden boasted that a “new process” that “is orderly … safe … and humane” would cause illegal border crossings to diminish.
Those who did not apply through CBP One, Biden said, would be deported.
This sounded good at the time considering the fact that at least 3.0 million illegal aliens had already crossed the southern border since Biden had taken office, a record.
Unfortunately, it has become abundantly clear that the Biden administration has not been honest or transparent on many issues, especially when it comes to immigration.
The Washington Free Beacon reported that in recent months the White House knew that a large number of illegal aliens (immigrants) were preparing to enter the U.S. at the southern border, but even with the advance notice, did nothing about it.
Biden instead expanded temporarily protected status for nearly 500,000 Venezuelans in the United States who illegally entered the US. Those covered by the move, which is supposed to be reserved for those who cannot safely return to their home country, will be able to apply for work permits.
Internal documents within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) show that Mexican immigration authorities had seen a rise in border apprehensions since May — an indication border crossings likely would escalate, the Free Beacon reported Monday.
DHS, however, did not take additional steps to prepare for the additional wave of United Nations-funded, and Cartel relocated foreign nationals.
In August 2023, the U.S. Border Patrol recorded 181,059 encounters between ports of entry along the Southwest border. CBP’s total encounters along the Southwest border in August were 232,972. A record for the calendar year and a nearly 27 percent increase from July.
The documents show that Mexican immigration authorities have seen a spike in apprehensions since May, an indication that border crossings were likely to rise and that federal agencies documented a large buildup of migrants on the Mexican side of the border at the beginning of September.
There is little evidence the situation is set to improve, although El Paso mayor Oscar Leeser said Saturday his city is “at a breaking point.” Nearly 100,000 more migrants are traveling through Panama and Mexico with the hopes of crossing into the United States, Reuters reported last week. So many migrants have illegally boarded trains that railroad operator Union Pacific temporarily ended service in Mexico.
Other than a brief reprieve in mid-May, illegal border crossings have continued to rise since the end of Title 42, a pandemic-era rule that allowed for the quick deportation of illegal aliens. The Department of Homeland Security says 1,450 migrants a month may apply remotely for asylum with the CBP One app, although the agency has not honored its self-imposed limits.
“The CBP One app was supposed to alleviate the number of people living in Mexico waiting to apply for refugee status at the end of Title 42,” a senior DHS official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told the Free Beacon. “What’s happened is Mexico is dealing with more people coming into their country hoping to migrate to the United States and the Biden administration can’t wait to bring in people fast enough.”
Even with advanced knowledge of a migrant build-up on the Mexican side of the border, the Biden administration has done little to alleviate what Eagle Pass, Texas, mayor Rolando Salinas, a Democrat, calls a “crisis.”
Eagle Pass declared a state of emergency this month after 5,000 migrants crossed over the border into the town.