The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Border Patrol (BP) released its statistics for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, and they are chilling. Between border crossings, illegal drugs, and transnational criminal organizations, the CBP has a shocking tale to tell about just how bad the immigration crisis has become under Joe Biden (emphasis added throughout).
“Overall, in FY 2021, there were 1.72 million CBP encounters that resulted in either expulsion under the CDC’s Title 42 public health authority or processing as Title 8 immigration enforcement cases (‘enforcement encounters’). The Department completed 1.2 million repatriations, including expulsions under Title 42 and removals under Title 8, which represents a 15-year high that is more than two-and-a-half times as many repatriations as in FY 2020.”
The CBP did note that “The high number of total encounters was partly driven by high recidivism rates (repeat encounters) among individuals processed under the CDC’s Title 42 public health authorities.” CBP said “while total enforcement encounters increased 82 percent between 2019 (the last pre-pandemic year) and 2021, the number of unique individuals encountered at the border increased 30 percent.” An increase of 30 percent is still seriously worrying, especially considering the significant number of criminals who cross over—often more than once. And the very fact that illegals are able to cross over the border again and again is in and of itself concerning.
Not only that, remember that migrants encountered by Border Patrol do not by any means represent the entirety of those illegally crossing into America. 1.72 million individuals were expelled or processed a certain way, but there were those who I am sure avoided Border Patrol altogether. But whether the number of illegal migrants is pretty close to 1.72 million or significantly higher than that (and don’t forget the “refugees” Biden flew into the US in the hundreds of thousands from Afghanistan), there are far too many illegal aliens entering America.
“In FY 2021, high border encounters were also driven by multiple factors: a continued long-term shift from almost all encounters being single adults from Mexico to large numbers of individuals in family units; a continued rise in encounters of unaccompanied children; and increasing migration flows from countries other than Mexico or the Northern Triangle. . .
In FY 2021, CBP recorded a total of 1.72 million enforcement encounters, including 146,054 encounters of unaccompanied children, 478,492 encounters of individuals in family units, and 1,098,500 encounters of single adults. . .Overall, CBP encountered 388,249 women and girls in 2021, an increase of 18 percent over 2019 and 159 percent over the average for 2014-2019. . .Unique encounters of unaccompanied children (UC) along the Southwest Border increased 73 percent compared to 2019, the last pre-pandemic year.”
Border Patrol continues to save people’s lives, contrary to the media narrative:
“Since the start of FY2021, CBP officers and agents have rescued more than 13,200 individuals in a wide variety of circumstances, an increase of more than 150 percent from FY2020.”
More people invading the country, more individuals that get into bad situations and need help. A trend I personally have noticed in reading over a dozen or more rescue stories is that often, the illegal migrants in need of rescuing are abandoned by their own fellow migrants and have no help at all except from Border Patrol.
Here are some sobering drug seizure stats:
“CBP officers, Border Patrol agents, and Air and Marine Operations agents continue to interdict the flow of illicit narcotics across the border. In FY2021, CBP seized 624,500 pounds of drugs.
Compared to last fiscal year:
Cocaine seizures increased 68%;
Methamphetamine seizures increased 7%;
Heroin seizures decreased 6%;
Fentanyl seizures increased 134%.
Additional CBP drug seizure statistics can be found here.”
As Fox News reported, “Fentanyl overdoses become No. 1 cause of death among US adults, ages 18-45: 'A national emergency' More adults between 18 and 45 died of fentanyl overdoses in 2020 than COVID-19, motor vehicle accidents, cancer and suicide.” A 134% increase in fentanyl seizures is just another aspect of what is quickly becoming a true health crisis, unlike the Omicron variant.
“In FY2021, CBP processed approximately $2.8 trillion of imports, an increase of nearly 17 percent compared to the same period in Fiscal Year 2020. . .CBP has also seized more than 83,000 shipments for trade violations in the current fiscal year. . .CBP continues to aggressively investigate and prevent goods made by forced labor from entering U.S. commerce. After a record-breaking year in forced labor enforcement in FY2020, CBP established itself as a global leader in the fight to end forced labor, winning the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals People’s Choice Award FY2021.”
CBP is attempting to target criminals, though I suspect with little help from the Biden administration:
“In April 2021, CBP launched Operation Sentinel, a new counter-network targeting operation focused directly on transnational criminal organizations affiliated with smuggling migrants into the United States.
More than 200 non-immigrant visas and more than 240 Global Entry and SENTRI cards have been revoked since the launch of Operation Sentinel, and more than 15 businesses and associated entities were targeted for suspension or debarment, two of which have since been disbarred. Lookouts had been placed on more than 1,700 individuals associated with transnational criminal organizations’ illicit activity. More than 1,100 individuals involved in illicit money transactions had been identified and referred to interagency partners for law enforcement actions.”
It’s a crisis at the southern border and beyond. But leftist elites are too worried about climate change (even as they buy beach houses) and Omicron (as they party maskless in Florida) to worry about illegal immigration.
(Image courtesy of Breitbart.)