New Border Numbers Show Biden’s Shell Game Isn’t Working
FAIR Take | May 2023
There’s no “90% drop in illegal immigration” in sight, as the latest border numbers from April show. At the Southern border alone, over 211,000 illegal aliens were arrested or expelled in April. This not only represents the second-highest total ever recorded for the month of April (after April 2022), but it also marks four months of steady increases. Indeed, as these data from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) demonstrate, illegal crossings at the Southwest border are climbing back towards the record high seen in December 2022.
This program has failed to hold back the tide, however. As the data show, the number of Haitians arrested at the border in April is 42 percent higher since December – the month before the program began. Meanwhile, the number of Venezuelans arrested at the southern border since December is up a whopping 330 percent. Clearly, the magnet created by a weak border still overpowers any shell game the Administration implements to hide the numbers.
Other disturbing figures have also emerged from the April numbers release. Overall arrests of suspected terrorists are sharply up at the border. The 16 suspected terrorists arrested trying to sneak into the U.S. at the Southern border last month are more than the entire total of the previous administration.
In addition, a new front has opened up in border insecurity. The number of people crossing the Northern border illegally, normally a few thousand monthly, has been consistently over 10,000 monthly for the past year and continues to reach record highs. As the Biden administration focuses its resources on the disaster it has created at the Southern border, new opportunities for dangerous human smuggling are emerging in the North.
The Biden administration needs to come to grips with what Ponzi scheme operators have known for decades. Numbers can be easy to manipulate at first, but if the facts on the ground don’t change, the whole house of cards will always come tumbling down.