Biden weakens border as illegal crossings and cartel unrest grow


U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported 164,973 encounters with illegal smugglers at the U.S. southern border in February, putting the border agency on track to top 2 million. arrests in fiscal year 2022, an all-time high.

Of those February encounters, more than 75%, 126,151, were single adults. That number is up 11% since January, when CBP documented 113,132 arrests of single adult commuters.

While arrests of individuals in family units fell 17%, from 31,998 in January to 26,582 in February, CBP encounters with unaccompanied children rose 37%, to 12,011, leaving average 520 children in detention each day in February.

The White House deflects blame for the escalating border crisis by saying most migrants crossing the border illegally are being deported under Title 42, the pandemic-related emergency public health measure instituted by the president. Trump and continued under President Biden. But Biden’s Department of Homeland Security is actively working to end the Trump-era policy. Corporate media is also amplifying calls for the Biden administration to drop Title 42.

Multiple court orders have made it difficult for the White House to order an immediate halt to pandemic-related deportations, but the president and his team are already deporting fewer illegal bystanders every month under Title 42.

About 66% of single adults seen by CBP in February were deported under Title 42, but that number is down significantly from the 90% of single adults who were deported in February 2021 after being caught trying to cross the border illegally.

Since Biden took office in January 2021, Title 42 deportations as a percentage of arrests have rapidly declined, while monthly drive-throughs have increased significantly. In just one year, CBP has gone from processing more than 90% of single adults who crossed the border for deportation under Title 42, to 77% in July 2021, and now just 66% in February. This reduction in deportations was carried out under direct orders from the Biden administration.

The same goes for evictions from family units, which fell from 62% in January 2021 to just 29% in February this year.

As the Biden administration focuses its efforts on repealing border security measures like Title 42, unrest is growing in northern Mexico directly across the Rio Grande from Laredo, Texas. Fierce cartel fighting in Nuevo Laredo following the arrest of a drug trafficker impeded movement on the streets and forced the US consulate to close on Monday after it was hit by gunfire.

The Mexican government continues to say it is committed to its partnership with the United States to end human trafficking, drug trafficking and other illicit activities at the US-Mexico border. But the conflict in Nuevo Laredo demonstrates that Mexico cannot be counted on as a partner in border security.

Between Mexico’s loss of control on its side of the border and Biden’s refusal to impose control on the American side, Americans should expect illegal immigration to worsen in the months to come, even if the corporate press ignores it.


Jordan Boyd is an editor at The Federalist and co-producer of The Federalist Radio Hour. His work has also been featured in The Daily Wire and Fox News. Jordan is a graduate of Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @jordangdavidson.

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