The number of illegal attempted border crossings has become well beyond what even the Obama administration called a crisis. The numbers are unlike anything we’ve seen in decades and only getting worse.
In February, the federal agents at the southwestern border apprehended over 100,000 illegals trying to cross the border. In March, there were on the daily average of more than 550 unaccompanied minors, totaling likely more than 17,000 children and teens by the end of the month, which is the most ever in a single month. The numbers for April and May, when border crossings usually peak, will undoubtedly bring far higher numbers.
Within hours of being sworn in Jan. 20, President Joe Biden signed an executive order halting construction of President Trump’s wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and declared that the southwest border was not an emergency, which stopped the sensors and lighting as well as sent a message that the border was open.
In Arizona, Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels, who served in law enforcement for 36 years, said the illegal immigrants crossing went from a year ago manageable and calm to unmanageable chaos and crisis. All the border checkpoints are down in his county, and drug smuggling has picked up again, which he hasn’t seen for 20 months.
With the influx of record high numbers of unaccompanied minors, even the detention centers, or what CNN described as “jail-like facilities,” appear to be overflowing.
The explosion of illegal crossings at the border is a serious matter of national security and public health. It has become so bad that the Biden administration ordered the Border Patrol agents to prevent journalists from taking video and pictures of what’s happening at the border, which frustrated even some mainstream media. The photos that have emerged haven’t looked good.
Suppression of media coverage has even drawn the attention of some lawmakers. Sen. Ted Cruz wrote a letter to the White House, demanding transparency for the public by allowing media access.
The Biden Administration has created a humanitarian crisis, further empowered criminal drug- and human-smuggling cartels, made our country less secure by letting in tens of thousands of people of unknown origin, and may be exacerbating a public health crisis to boot.