Lost in the media coverage of the conflict in Eastern Europe and Joe Biden’s disastrous economy is the on-going crisis on the U.S. southern border.
It’s one of many Biden failings in his first full year as President of the United States.
And as the crisis crosses another dangerous milestone, Americans are reminded there is no end in sight for this failing.
Former President Donald Trump took illegal immigration seriously.
In fact, it’s one of the main things that put him in the Presidency back in 2016.
And his tactics and policies were working, leading to sharp declines in illegal aliens crossing the U.S. Border.
However, one of the first things Biden did following his controversial 2020 Presidential victory was reverse course on Trump’s immigration policies.
That signaled the green light for illegal immigrants to make their way across several South American countries and through Mexico to come into the United States illegally.
In Biden’s first year in office, U.S. Border Patrol apprehensions reached a 20-year high.
Agents encountered 2,033,863 migrants at the border in 2021.
Comparatively, there were only 341,519 Southwest border apprehensions in 2017, Trump’s first year in office.
Unfortunately, there is no end in sight to the surge in illegal border crossings.
In January of this year, Border agents encountered 153,941 illegals – more than any January figure since the year 2000.
And the just released February records are even worse.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in February, the Border Patrol caught 164,973 illegal aliens at the southern border.
That is more than a 60% surge from February 2021, which saw 101,099 encounters at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Meanwhile, incidents of unaccompanied children spiked 37%, with 12,011 encounters in February compared with 8,760 in January.
That’s an average of 520 unaccompanied children in CBP custody per day.
But as hard as it is to imagine, the southern border crisis could be about to get much worse.
National Review is reporting Department of Homeland Security officials are planning to tell Mexican officials Title 42 protections, enacted under Donald Trump, may expire in April.
DHS officials are now warning that ending Title 42 could cause historic rises in attempted border crossings from the critical points they’re already at.
Title 42 allows border agents to expel migrants and asylum-seekers without a court hearing.
Under the Biden Administration’s reported plan, decision-making abilities about if migrants are granted asylum status or have to leave would switch from an immigration judge to an asylum officer.
A crucial difference, to be sure.
Senate Democrats and immigrant advocates have fought against Title 42 since Donald Trump first implemented the policies.
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is expected to meet with Mexican officials next week.
America’s southern border could be bombarded with illegals the week after.