(RightIsRight.co) – In what is one of the biggest crises at the U.S. southern border in American history, things have escalated to unprecedented levels, with recent reports indicating a staggering number of illegal alien encounters.
According to Customs and Border Patrol sources, there were more than 302,000 attempts to cross the border during December 2023, all under the nose of Joe Biden and his administration.
This alarming increase in migrant encounters has prompted intense debate among policymakers and highlights the growing challenges in managing border security and immigration policy.
December’s figure marks a historic high in the U.S. border crisis, as it’s the first time migrant encounters have exceeded the 300,000 mark in a single month.
Since the beginning of the fiscal year on October 1, over 785,000 migrant encounters have been documented, setting a record for the highest total ever recorded in the first quarter.
The surge in migrant encounters has become a focal point of political contention. Republicans have pointed to the Joe Biden administration’s policies, including reversing certain measures implemented during the Trump era, as contributing factors to the crisis.
On the other hand, the administration argues that it is grappling with a wider challenge that spans the entire hemisphere and emphasizes the need for additional funding and comprehensive immigration reform from Congress.
The influx of migrants has led to varied responses across different states.
In Texas, officials have been sending migrants to various locations nationwide, with one notable instance being a plane full of migrants arriving at Chicago Rockford International Airport in Illinois on December 31.
In Secaucus, New Jersey, Mayor Michael Gonnelli has reported buses transporting migrants to the town’s train station. This tactic appears to be an attempt to circumvent New York City’s regulations on migrant arrivals.
The situation has also prompted diplomatic action, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas traveling to Mexico City for discussions with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
The meeting resulted in a joint statement reaffirming the commitment of both countries to manage migration in an orderly and humane way.
The statement emphasized efforts to address the root causes of migration, combat human smuggling, and foster private investment and development programs in the region.
Moreover, U.S. and Mexican officials discussed the potential advantages of legalizing certain illegal immigrants in the U.S., including those under the DACA program initiated by President Barack Obama. This program provides protections for illegal immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as minors.