Biden Admin Allowed Majority of Immigrant Families Who Showed Up at Border Into the US


A majority of immigrant families apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border were allowed to enter the country in February, according to recent data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The CBP reported that the Biden administration admitted nearly 60 percent of the 19,246 “family unit” migrants encountered at the border into the U.S. as they await their court hearings.

Only 38 percent of the families apprehended at the border were released into the country in January, according to The Washington Post.

“If you let them in, more will come. That’s the critical failing of the Biden administration’s current policy,” Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas tweeted.

“The word is out that the borders are open, and this crisis will get worse unless the administration changes course.”

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Administration officials claimed thousands of migrants are still being turned away under the Trump administration’s Title 42 public health order passed in March 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic, The Post reported.

Over 100,000 migrants were apprehended at the border in February alone, according to CBP data.

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Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has refused to label the situation at the border a “crisis” despite an overwhelming number of migrants, including unaccompanied minors, flocking daily to the border.

“The situation at the southwest border is difficult. We are working around the clock to manage it and we will continue to do so,” Mayorkas said in a statement Tuesday.

“That is our job. We are making progress and we are executing on our plan. It will take time and we will not waver in our commitment to succeed,” he added.

“We are on pace to encounter more individuals on the southwest border than we have in the last 20 years.”

According to The Post, Mayorkas told the House Homeland Security Committee in a Wednesday testimony that the upward trend in migration was due to poor conditions in the countries migrants are fleeing from.

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When asked, Mayorkas said he didn’t think the surge was caused by President Joe Biden’s immigration policies and his commitment to reverse course on many of former President Donald Trump’s policies.

Republican Rep. Clay Higgins of Louisiana reportedly said Mayorkas’ testimony was “nauseating.”

Detentions at the border have surged since Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20 and leaked documents from the Department of Health and Human Services revealed an overwhelming number of child migrants crossing the border, stretching the Biden administration’s resources.

In the last week of February, 321 children per day were referred to HHS custody, a sharp jump from the weekly average of 203 in late January and early February, according to documents reviewed by Axios.

The HHS had to reopen an emergency shelter in Texas on Feb. 22 and is considering reopening a similarly controversial facility in Florida to try to provide additional housing for the children.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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