The new Border Crisis: By the numbers

The night before President Biden’s inauguration, 102 people from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador walked to a place where the border wall ends in Arizona, crossed into the US illegally, and gave themselves up.

It’s one of thousands of signs that a border crisis is imminent, according to Border officials who spoke with me for Full Measure.

In just the last four months, border officials have intercepted and expelled more than 296,000 illegal border crossers.

Authorities say if the trend continues— and they think it will— the flow of illegal immgrants this year will surpass 2018, 2019, and 2020 combined.  

And due to changes already made under the Biden administraiton, instead of being expelled, most of the illegal immigrants will be escorted a border community and released in the U.S. to await a court date that may be years away.

At the end of 2018, 2,000 immigrants a day were being intercepted at the Southern border, security concerns and a humanitarian crisis.

On Jan. 25, 2019, the Trump administration invoked “Migrant Protection Protocols” forcing those seeking asylum to wait in Mexico.

Then on March 21, 2020, the Trump administration invoked “Title 42”— an emergency health order — that let border officials immediately turn back illegal immigrants because of Covid-19.

The moves had a dramatic impact.

By May of 2020, 90% of illegal immigrants caught at the Southwest border were being expelled.* And the number intercepted dropped from about a million (977,509) in 2019 to roughly half that in 2020 (457,437).

But all of that’s changed now that the Biden Administration is erasing the Trump initiatives. 

In Cochise County, Arizona, Sheriff’s Sergeant Tim Wiliams says, “Normally we’d see between three to 400 a month come across our corridor that we work. We’re currently seeing anywhere, 2,500 to 2,800 come across every month trying to make it North. It’s a free ticket to the United States at this point.”

Unfortunately, say officials, many are not hardworking immigrants seeking a better life.

In late January, an emergency lookout was issued through the El Paso, Texas sector for three Russians “known to have been traveling with a confirmed terrorist.” No word on whether they were picked up.

The Biden Administration says there’s no crisis and it’s merely fixing the immigration system that President Trump broke.

“I think there is a challenge at the border that we are managing, and we have our resources dedicated to managing it,” said Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

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6 thoughts on “The new Border Crisis: By the numbers”

  1. KBSI Fox 23 out of Cape Girardeau has played paid advertising over your 9 a.m. timeslot the last two Sundays.

    1. Sharyl Attkisson

      I don’t see that station on the current list I got from HQ, maybe we sold the station? What cities are you near? We also air at 9:30 am and 10pm Sundays St. Louis ABC KDNL and many other places. Look here (although I will tell you I need to update even this list and haven’t had time) (that’s under the FULL MEASURE tab at the top of this website). Also please note you can watch replays anytime at online, or watch it live there at 9:30a ET!

  2. Stephen Triesch

    Biden: “What border crisis? This is the PLAN! And if you disagree with the plan, if you think I should enforce immigration law and honor my oath of office, you are a white-supremacist and domestic terrorist!”

  3. Sharyl,

    I couldn’t put “Slanted” down until I finished it. I consumed it during my Christmas holiday stay with my daughter, 3 grand kids and my son in law in Utah. I left the book for Randy to read. Haven’t gotten his review yet.
    I need to ask you if you are willing answer, what do you think of this new administration in comparison to all the previous transitions you have covered?

    We need more of you.


    Peter Halan

  4. ITS TIME TO SEND illlegals to white house LAWN. Arrive here now! Free food free TENTS FREE SERVICES NOW. COME NOW!

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