Gee, who could’ve seen this coming?
The number of children crossing the border illegally rose 63% to 9,297 in February, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Wednesday, an acceleration that has strained government resources and sparked a political backlash against the Biden administration’s planned immigration overhaul.
Border-patrol agents overall made nearly 97,000 arrests in February. The number of migrants traveling as families more than doubled from the previous month to 18,945, while the number of single adults grew 9.9% to 68,732. Single adults in particular have been making repeated attempts to enter the country illegally, officials said, so the actual number of individuals attempting illegal crossings is lower.
This has occurred after President Biden changed the U.S. stance on immigration, making the immigration system less reliant on long-term detention and other enforcement measures, and to emphasize humane treatment and quick decisions on asylum seekers’ requests for protection. The increasing numbers of people at the border make that task more difficult.
The administration is trying to stem the flow of migrants by telling them that now is not the time to enter the U.S., but hey, they aren’t listening.
The U.S. said Wednesday it is restarting a program allowing Central American children to come to the U.S. legally if they have a parent here, which seems all but certain to motivate more people to send unaccompanied children north.
Rep. Jodey Arrington (R., Texas) said:
“You would have to have the most acute case of suspended reality to deny that we have a border crisis. This crisis is a direct result, let’s be very clear, a direct result of President Biden’s unilateral actions.”
You don’t have to suspend reality, just ignore it.