The United States recorded its highest daily migrant flow this week, following more than a year of increased illegal immigration. The news comes as a number of major cities buckle under the weight of millions of migrants who have entered the country since the start of the Biden administration in 2021.
Monday saw the highest number of migrants encountered along the U.S.-Mexico border in American history. Almost 13,000 migrants were encountered by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). This includes a significant wave near Eagle Pass, Texas.
The number of migrants entering the country has increased by more than 50% since Biden’s first year in office.
Furthermore, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reported that a majority of migrants encountered at the southern border crossed into the country illegally.
The numbers have continued to surge in recent months, with August, September and October each seeing more than 300,000 migrant encounters.
Despite the increase in attempted crossings, the Biden administration’s approach has been criticized by Republicans in Congress, as well as the CBP’s union.
The news also follows the breaking of the nation’s monthly migrant record earlier this year.
Major cities have suffered with the increased number of migrants, especially since the White House announced the end of former President Donald Trump’s Title 42 asylum program earlier this year.
This includes New York City, which has taken in more than 150,000 migrants since last year, and Chicago, where a young boy recently died in a migrant facility.
Chicago leftist mayor @ChicagosMayor Brandon Johnson blames Texas Gov. Abbott after a child migrant died in his sanctuary city. Left-wing politicians who welcome migrants are now criticizing border states for allowing them to travel further north. Read: https://t.co/sguZr0pIp7
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) December 20, 2023
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed a measure this week that would make illegally crossing into the Lone Star State a crime. Furthermore, the measure would allow for illegal immigrants to be jailed in the state or deported.
The move follows significant state-level action to try and stem the increased flow of migrants. Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs (D) announced last week that her state would be sending migrants to other states.
Both Florida and Texas have been sending migrants to other parts of the country, including to self-declared ‘sanctuary’ cities and states.