Border Crisis

WHAT BORDER? Migrant Encounters Spike 33% in July, Phone App Encouraging Smugglers

posted by Hannity Staff - 8.21.23

According to a Fox News report, migrant encounters at the Southern border in July were on the rise again after a slight downtick in June; 183,503 migrants were logged by CBP.

That’s down from the 200,162 encountered last July, but an increase from the 144,566 seen in June.

“We remain vigilant and continue to adjust our operational plans to maximize enforcement efforts against those individuals who do not use lawful pathways or processes, knowing that smugglers continue to use disinformation to prey on vulnerable individuals,” acting CBP Commissioner Troy Miller said in a statement.

From Fox News:

Numbers had dropped after the end of Title 42 on May 11, before which Border Patrol agents had been encountering record numbers of up to 10,000 a day. While there had been expectations of a new surge, numbers instead went down from May into June.

The Biden administration tied that drop to a slew of new policies, including expanded programs to parole migrants into the U.S. at ports of entry and elsewhere, efforts to tackle root causes in the Hemisphere, the restoration of punishments for illegal entry and a new asylum rule limiting asylum to some illegal entrants. That rule is currently facing multiple legal challenges, including from left-wing groups who say it limits a right to asylum.

“Our approach to managing the borders securely and humanely even within our fundamentally broken immigration system is working,” DHS Sec. Mayorkas said at a House hearing last month. “Unlawful entries between ports of entry along the southwest border have consistently decreased by more than half compared to the peak before the end of Title 42.”

Meanwhile, the CBP One™ App, which was originally designed to clean up the immigration process, has actually been a huge help for human smugglers.

By using CBP One™, migrants are “not jumping the border, which is a federal crime as well as a civil offense, but they’re showing up at a port of entry” instead, Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, says.

“The administration is the one breaking the law by releasing them into the United States but the point is they’re still illegal aliens. It’s still illegal immigration,” he added.

“They still have to pay smugglers to get here and the whole thing is a boon for alien smugglers,” he said. “It’s supposed to only be for people who have made it to Mexico already and even that’s bad enough, because you have to pay a smuggler to get there but the smugglers have figured it out. They’re actually using it.”

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