The Southern Border Crisis Under the Biden Administration: Here are ALL of the Facts

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The left’s favorite go-to attack against President Trump was always in relation to his border and immigration policy.  From the moment Trump uttered the words “we must build a wall,” the democratic party has not taken a breath when it comes to slandering all of the former president’s immigration policies as racist and inhumane.  President Joe Biden ran with eliminating Trump’s “racist” border policies as a part of his platform, and now we have had misfortune of seeing exactly where his policies would lead us:  Directly into a major crisis.  

Since taking office, President Biden has worked to undo as many aspects of Trump’s immigration policy as possible.  On day one, he ended the emergency declaration that Trump used to divert funding to the border wall.  Along with that, the Biden administration also ended the “remain in Mexico” policy, which required immigrants seeking asylum and entry to the US to wait in Mexico while awaiting an immigration court to take up their case, the “public charge” policy that made it more difficult for immigrants to enter the country if they were deemed highly likely to be dependent on government programs and welfare, and also attempted to halt all deportations for 100 days, though a federal judge in Texas permanently blocked this order from going into effect.  Keep in mind that there are several other Trump-era immigration policies that were reversed, which prompted the dismissal of several cases in the Supreme Court, one having to do with a policy that reduced funding to “sanctuary” cities which refused to cooperate with ICE and immigration enforcement.  

The result of these rollbacks?  A complete and utter disaster on the southern border.   During the first week of January 2021, Axios 1 reported that the average number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border per day was 47.  Between the days of February 17 and March 10, that average grew to 435 migrant children per day 2, a 926% increase over a roughly two-month period.  The drastic increase in unaccompanied minors is expected to surpass the current all-time record this year by 45%, a total of 117,000 migrant children by the end of 2021 3.  This large influx prompted Health and Human Services (HHS) to request an additional 20,000 beds for migrant children from Biden, even after they had reopened several housing facilities used under the Trump Administration 3.  Many critics of President Trump attacked him for putting “kids in cages,” despite the “cages” in question being proven to have been built under the Obama Administration.  Nonetheless, much of the media will ignore Biden “filling facilities akin to jails,” as the New York Times 6 puts it, where they are “struggling to find room for [child migrants] in shelters.”

Under federal law, via the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, Customs and Border Patrol can only hold a migrant child for 72 hours before releasing them the HHS care.  The average amount of time migrant children spent in CBP care before being transferred to HHS in the week leading up to March 10 was 107 hours, which was a full 40% higher than the 77-hour average the previous week 2.  In one specific facility holding more than 1,000 people in Donna, Texas, non-profit lawyers have been denied access to “evaluate the situation” in the shelter after it was reported that some children are being forced to sleep on the floor, and are being kept in close quarters with each other 12

As a result of COVID restrictions set in place, HHS is only able to operate housing shelters for migrant children at roughly 50% capacity.  Because they had 7,700 children as of March 5, slightly more than permitted with the restrictions in place, the CDC permitted HHS to cautiously open the facilities to full 100% capacity because of “extraordinary circumstances” 4.  On top of this, the CBP (Customs and Border Patrol) is not able to test every illegal immigrant being released into the country for COVID-19 5.  Because Biden sought the return of the “catch and release” policy, several communities are being put into a difficult position with the growing number of migrants entering the localities.  

A small town of 96,000 residents in Arizona called Yuma saw over 350 migrants get released into their town within a two-week period before March 1 7.  According to the mayor, the shelters are almost full of homeless people, and the town does not have any migrant-focused non-profit.  “Groups will show up at a church or nonprofit. And the church or nonprofit are not necessarily ready to assist. And so, it causes a bit of chaos,” the mayor said.  John Modlin, the interim chief in charge of the Border Patrol’s Tucson Arizona sector, stated that the illegal immigration this year has already surpassed the numbers for the entire year of 2018, and is on track to surpass the numbers of 2018, 2019, and 2020 combined 8.  Over the past 4 months, Modlin says, border agents have arrested approximately 300,000 illegal immigrants, where “almost 90% of the people that are apprehended in this sector are single adults that try to avoid apprehensions.”

            “Do you believe that right now there is a crisis at the border?” the DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was asked by a reporter on March 1.  “No.  There is a challenge at the border that we are managing” 9.  Now, on March 11, it appears Mayorkas may have started to realize that the border may be in an out of control and crisis state.  In an email obtained by Fox News from Mayorkas to his staff, Mayorkas states that he activated the DHS “volunteer force,” and later says the following:

You have likely seen the news about the overwhelming numbers of migrants seeking access to this country along the Southwest Border, President Biden and I are committed to ensuring our Nation has a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system while continuing to balance all of the other critical DHS missions.

In 2019, over 900 volunteers deployed to support their CBP colleagues during a similar migration surge… Please consider joining the Volunteer Force to again provide needed humanitarian support along the Southwest Border and relief for our CBP colleagues

Later, on March 13, Mayorkas announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would be activated to “support a government-wide-effort over the next 90 days to safely receive, shelter and transfer unaccompanied children [on the border]” 10.  Just the day before, on March 12, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that they were asking for volunteers in the agency to offer their help towards the government’s response to the border crisis11.

Most recently, the President of Mexico Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador addressed the border crisis by stating that “[illegal immigrants] see him as the migrant president, and so many feel they’re going to reach the United States… We need to work together to regulate the flow, because this business can’t be tackled from one day to the next.”  Mexico also expressed that they were “worried the new U.S. administration’s asylum policies are stoking illegal immigration and creating business for organized crime”.Though the Biden Administration continues to deny there is a crisis at the border, the facts speak quite clearly.  Mexico is already voicing their observed problems with the new policy, claiming they fear the rise of organized crime, the CDC has described the border events as an “extraordinary circumstance,” and localities/law enforcement officials on the border are experiencing unprecedented conflicts with the massive rush of migrants and illegal immigrants.  Though politicians like Nancy Pelosi continue to make demonstrably false claims, blaming the Trump administration for the crisis 13 derived from a reversal of all of his policies, it is up to readers like you to see right through the lie.  Is it a coincidence that after the Biden administration reverses and rescinds all of Trumps immigration policies, a massive wave of illegal immigrants rushed the border in record numbers?  Of course not, and it is intellectually dishonest to claim otherwise.  

[1] https://www.axios.com/cdc-child-migrant-shelter-full-capacity-coronavirus-41d1ae80-1ecf-4815-a755-7b01fac5850b.html

[2] https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/10/politics/migrant-children-border-patrol/index.html

[3] https://factsfirstfoundation.com/2021/03/03/012/

[4] https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/05/politics/immigration-border-crowding-covid/index.html

[5] https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/homeland-security-test-migrants-coronavirus-southern-border

[6] https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/03/08/us/joe-biden-news#a-surge-in-migrant-children-detained-at-the-border-is-straining-shelters

[7] https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/border-patrol-released-350-migrants-arizona-two-weeks-border-situation-worsens

[8] https://www.dailywire.com/news/az-border-chief-says-illegal-immigration-on-track-to-top-past-three-years-combined-already-surpassed-2018

[9] https://thefederalist.com/2021/03/01/bidens-homeland-security-secretary-denies-there-is-a-crisis-at-the-border/

[10] https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/biden-administration-fema-border-crisis-mayorkas

[11] https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/12/politics/ice-agency-volunteers-migrant-children/index.html

[12] https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/biden-denies-lawyers-access-migrant-facility

[13] https://www.dailywire.com/news/pelosi-blames-trump-for-border-crisis-says-biden-inherited-broken-system