The situation along the Mexican border is worse than ever with yet another record-breaking year for illegal immigration that ended fiscal 2023 with an appalling 2.48 million migrants, surpassing what was previously a historical high of 2.38 million in 2022. In September, the last month of the fiscal year, federal agents encountered a whopping 269,735 illegal aliens constituting an all-time high for a single month and a substantial increase over August when Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered 232,963 migrants. In an apparent effort to bury the magnitude of the border crisis, the Biden administration released the year-end statistics during the weekend and the ghastly figures have predictably received anemic media coverage. So has a troublesome congressional report, issued two days later, outlining how the Biden administration frees the overwhelming majority of illegal aliens who use its CBP One App inside the country, including those from “hostile nations.”
The new year-end CBP data shows that the Tucson sector in Arizona saw an unprecedented 109% spike in illegal immigrants during the last month of the fiscal year compared to August and a total 48% increase for 2023, from 251,984 last year to 373,625. The El Paso crossing in Texas had a 39% boost in illegal immigration compared to last year with 427,471 crossings compared to 307,844 in 2022. Texas sectors located south of El Paso also experienced large numbers of illegal immigrants, with Del Rio recording 393,226 and Rio Grande Valley 338,337. California got bombarded as well with a 31% hike in illegal aliens in San Diego and a 30% rise in El Centro. In what may seem like a bad joke, CBP, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) 60,000-emloyee “unified border entity,” writes this in the announcement accompanying the 2023 figures: “DHS continues to enforce United States immigration laws while strengthening the consequences for those who cross our border unlawfully.”
The 2023 stats include a section on the CBP One mobile application that is also laughable because it describes it as a key component of DHS’s efforts to incentivize lawful, safe and orderly pathways into the U.S. since it was introduced by the Biden administration in January. The app lets over 1,400 foreigners make appointments daily to access ports of entry where federal agents determine admissibility. Through the end of September nearly 278,000 individuals have successfully scheduled appointments to present at a U.S. port of entry, according to the newly released records. “CBP is continually monitoring and evaluating the application to ensure its functionality and guard against bad actors,” the agency writes in the document accompanying the fresh batch of stats.
The reality is that DHS’s expanded use of the CBP One app has led to the release of hundreds of thousands of otherwise inadmissible illegal immigrants into the United States, records obtained by a congressional panel show. Of the inadmissible aliens who scheduled appointments through the controversial app 95.8% (278,431) were issued a Notice to Appear (NTA) and released into the country on parole, according to the information made public this week by the House Committee on Homeland Security. This includes individuals from “countries of concern” that made appointments through the app and were overwhelmingly released into the U.S. Among them are Russians, Chinese, Yemenis, Afghans, Lebanese, Iraqis, Pakistanis, Egyptians, Iranians and Uzbeks. Nearly all the Russian, Afghan, Chinese and Iranian nationals who made CBP One appointments were released in the U.S., according to the records. Most of the Latin Americans were also freed into the country, including illegal immigrants from Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and Venezuela that used the app. “At a time when global tensions are rising, and our enemies are growing bolder, releasing tens of thousands of these people into our communities—especially when they have not received adequate, if any, vetting—is irresponsible,” said House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Mark Green, an emergency room physician from Tennessee.