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These 7 Numbers Sum Up the Growing Crisis on Biden’s Southern Border

There’s a reason some Texas officials have started calling the influx of migrants across the southern border an “invasion.”

SO WHAT

The Biden administration seems intent on making the migrant crisis worse rather than better.

THE NUMBERS

Kinney County Judge Tully Shahan was among the officials in Texas border counties sounding the alarm about record-high illegal immigration, saying last week: “The Biden administration won’t do a thing about it. We’re in over our head. We need help.”

  • The following numbers illustrate how bad the situation really is.

723,363: How many illegal immigrants were apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents along the border in January-May of this year, according to the agency.

That number, comparable to the population of Denver, was an increase of 3.4% from the same period last year and of 39% from all of 2020.

2.1 MILLION: The number of illegal immigrants expected to cross the U.S.-Mexico border this year, up 24% from 1.7 million in 2021, based on a projection by Princeton Policy Advisors.

61,824: The number of unaccompanied children taken into custody by the Border Patrol in the first five months of this year, up 11% from the same period in 2021, according to the agency.

107,000: How many unaccompanied minors were released to “sponsor families” in 2021, per the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

493: The number of migrant deaths in the first six months of this year, putting 2022 on course to beat last year’s record of 728 and making the southwest border the world’s deadliest crossing, per the United Nations’ International Organization for Migration.

32%: The rate at which illegal migrants successfully cross the border without being apprehended, according to researchers at Yale University and MIT — equal to over 340,000 people for January-May of this year.

18,000: The number of migrants who may try to cross the Mexican border every day after the lifting of Title 42 restrictions turning away migrants deemed to be a public health threat, according to planning estimates by the Biden administration.

THE UPSHOT

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of emergency Thursday in response to pleas for help from border county officials.

  • In the executive order, Abbott noted that Mexican drug cartels “refer to these open-border policies as la invitación (“the invitation”), reflecting the perception that President Biden welcomes immigrants to make the dangerous trek across our southern border.”

Last month, the White House scrapped the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy, which required asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their claims were processed, after the Supreme Court dismissed legal challenges by Texas and Louisiana, which sought to keep the policy in place.

  • The policy has remained in effect temporarily, meaning that the surging levels of immigration will likely increase even further.
  • The administration has also stated its intention to repeal Title 42 but has been forced to delay by a legal challenge from 24 states.
  • If Title 42 were lifted, the administration has estimated that migrant crossings could increase more than threefold.

MEANWHILE: 54% of Americans disapprove of Biden’s handling of immigration, versus 34% who approve, according to a Politico/Morning consult poll last month.

  • Contrary to conventional wisdom, recent polls showed that a majority of U.S. Hispanics support Republican-backed immigration restrictions.

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