The U.S. Customs and Border Protection released new data this past week showing that the federal law enforcement agency encountered 180,034 people attempting to enter the United States illegally during the month of May. This is the most number of people on record.
According the CHP data, the month of May showed just a 1% increase from the previous month, nonetheless, numbers have soared since Biden took office: Since the fiscal year 2021 began in October of 2020, nearly 1 million people have been encountered trying to enter the U.S. illegally from Mexico. This is nearly double the 459,000 encountered in all of 2020.
CBP notes there has been a significant increase in previously expelled immigrants trying to reenter the country, suggesting that the “do not come” message pushed by Vice President Kamala Harris while she visited Guatemala is not resonating.
“Thirty-eight percent of encounters in May 2021 were individuals who had at least one prior encounter in the previous 12 months, compared to an average one-year re-encounter rate of 15 percent for Fiscal Years 2014-2019,” said the CBP.
Meanwhile, Kamala Harris is increasingly under fire for her refusal to travel to the U.S.-Mexicans border. In March, President Biden made her responsible for the border “situation” yet, since that time, little has been accomplished. In fact, the administration is still refusing to refer to the border problem as an actual “crisis.”
Americans, nonetheless, are growing impatient. According to a Rasmussen poll from last month, roughly two-thirds of Americans believe “the current situation with migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border is a crisis.”
In Texas, which is on the front lines of this crisis, the Republican governor is taking matters into his own hands, suggesting Texas create a border wall itself.
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