The Biden administration had prior knowledge of a significant number of migrants preparing to cross the U.S. southern border in recent months but did not take any preemptive action, according to The Washington Free Beacon.
Internal documents from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) revealed that Mexican immigration authorities had observed a rise in border apprehensions since May, signaling a potential increase in border crossings. However, DHS did not respond proactively to prepare for the influx.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently released record-breaking statistics for August, with 232,972 migrants encountered at the U.S.-Mexico border. This marked the highest monthly total for the year and the highest August on record.
Internal documents also indicated that federal agencies had documented a substantial buildup of migrants on the Mexican side of the border at the beginning of the month.
President Joe Biden’s perceived inadequate border enforcement since taking office in January 2021 has not only frustrated Republicans but also upset Democratic leaders in cities like New York and Chicago, where migrants have been transported.
Lawmakers in these areas are contemplating significant budget cuts to cover the costs of housing and providing social services to migrants. Communities along the border, such as El Paso, Texas, and Eagle Pass, Texas, have been particularly impacted.
El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser stated that his city is “at a breaking point,” while Eagle Pass Mayor Rolando Salinas, whose town declared a state of emergency, referred to the situation as a “crisis.”
The migrant situation does not appear to be subsiding, with Reuters reporting that nearly 100,000 migrants seeking entry into the U.S. are traveling through Panama and Mexico. There have been so many migrants illegally boarding trains that the Union Pacific Railroad temporarily suspended service in Mexico.
Illegal border crossings have continued to rise since the end of Title 42, a pandemic-era rule that permitted swift deportations of illegal aliens for health reasons.
DHS introduced the CBP One app in January, allowing up to 1,450 migrants per month to apply remotely for asylum. However, the app was intended to alleviate the number of people waiting in Mexico to apply for refugee status at the end of Title 42. Instead, the influx of migrants into Mexico has increased, and the Biden administration has struggled to process them quickly.
Since Biden took office, more than 3.8 million migrants have crossed the southern border.