Border patrol agents apprehended nearly 19,000 unaccompanied minors at the US-Mexico border during the month of March – the most ever in a single month.
On average, 507 children are transferred each day from Customs and Border Patrol (CPB) facilities to sponsors, up from 276 in February.
In total, there were roughly 172,000 migrant encounters during the month of March – the highest for a single month in 15 years and a 71% increase from the previous month.
The massive increase in migrants at the southern border is a direct result of President Biden’s campaign promises, his victory over Donald Trump, his policy moves on immigration, and the Democrats’ overall stance on immigration.
In February, the Biden Administration announced a new program that welcomes up to 300 migrants into the United States each day. Rather than wait outside the country (as they were forced to do during the Trump Administration), migrants are allowed to roam free in the US until they receive a court date.
In an incredible show of naïveté, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas asked migrants to stay away from the border until the Administration has time to process existing asylum claims.
“It’s a very, very important cautionary note that they should not travel to the border,” said Mayorkas in February. “That will only increase the pressure on the humanitarian effort to provide for them carefully and safely.”
As reported this week by The Washington Times, Mayorkas and the DHS are now calling to resume construction along the border to fortify “gaps,” “gates,” and other areas “where the wall has been completed but the technology has not been implemented.”
Former President Donald Trump was overjoyed to hear the news, telling reporters that renewed construction is a “very positive step.”
In the meantime, thousands of children (some as young as three years old) are being held in cells meant for adults. In many cases, they are held far longer than the legal limit of 72 hours.
According to reports, at least 39 children were forced to stay at a crowded facility in Donna, TX for 15 days. More than 4,000 people were crammed into the facility, which was designed to hold 250 people.
Photos show the migrants laying on the floor, under foil blankets, just inches apart from one another.