(RightIsRight.co) – Amidst a surge of illegal immigration at an overwhelmed segment of the southern border in Arizona, a male African migrant expressed profound gratitude towards Joe Biden for his lax immigration policies.
“I love you Joe Biden, thank you for everything, Joe Biden!” he enthusiastically told Fox News in Lukeville, Arizona. This individual, along with another migrant, candidly shared that their primary motivation for coming to the U.S. was not to seek asylum but to find work and seize opportunities.
Their destination of choice is New York City, a city currently grappling with an influx of over 140,000 migrants since the previous year. This unprecedented wave of migration has significantly strained the city’s resources, necessitating budget cuts in various sectors.
The situation in the Tucson Sector of Arizona is particularly acute. Authorities are struggling to manage a massive increase in migration, with scenes of migrants camped out in front of the border wall in Lukeville. The sector recorded nearly 3,000 encounters in a single day and witnessed a record-breaking 17,500 encounters in just one week.
The migrants awaiting processing are predominantly from African countries like Senegal, Guinea, Mauritania, and Egypt but also include individuals from the Middle East and Asia.
In response to this escalating crisis, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has funneled resources and personnel into the Tucson Sector. This sector typically experiences lower traffic in comparison to others, like the Rio Grande Valley.
Strategies being implemented include the lateral transportation of migrants to other border areas and the increased use of expedited removal as an alternative to releasing them into the U.S.
This ongoing migrant crisis, which has intensified since 2021, has not only affected border regions but also led to secondary crises in major cities like New York City and Chicago. The fiscal year 2023 saw more than 2.4 million migrant encounters, setting a new record. Additionally, September marked a record for encounters at the southern border, while October saw a record for that month, with over 240,000 encounters across the border.
Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., discussions are underway regarding an emergency supplemental funding request. This request includes a provision of $14 billion for border operations. The debate is intense, with Republicans insisting on tying this funding to restrictions on asylum and the use of parole. This demand has met with resistance from Democrats.