There were a record 251,487 encounters at the southern border in December 2022, according to a new update released late last week (01/20/2023) by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
This is an increase from the prior record hit in November 2022 of 233,000 encounters at the southern border. December 2022 also marked ten straight months with at least 200,000 or more border encounters.
The increase in activity at the border over the past few months has been linked to speculation over the fate of Title 42. This Trump-era immigration policy was introduced during the pandemic and has been a useful tool for border enforcement. The back and forth over its potential expiration in late December 2022 could have encouraged more arrivals at the border.
As highlighted in a report from Fox News, illegal immigration under President Biden has hit unprecedented levels.
According to the report citing CBP stats, there have been 718,000 encounters in the first three months of fiscal year 2023, which started on 10/1/2022. The report also stated there have been 1.2 million gotaways since Biden took office in January of 2021. Another disturbing statistic is related to the number of terrorist encounters at the border.
“Statistics suggest terror organizations are also seeking to take advantage of the border chaos, with terror watchlist apprehensions rising from fewer than 10 annually under former President Donald Trump to 98 in 2022.”
The catastrophe at our border keeps trending in the wrong direction. We are just two months shy of hitting 200K+ encounters for an entire year straight.
According to a writeup on the December border numbers by NBC News, the Biden administration’s solution seems to be to bring in 30,000 more people per month from specific countries. So instead of border enforcement, we are getting another large increase in population.
Our country is already overpopulated and stretched thin at every level. As we wrote about in our recap of 2022, the border crisis is going to be a defining issue of 2023. When you compound overpopulation concerns with a recession looming, bringing in even more people is a foolhardy idea.
Sadly our political leaders continue to ignore the truth even as it unfolds right before their eyes.