As Illegal Border Crossing Numbers Reach Highest Levels since 2006, V.P. Harris Visits Guatemala & Mexico

V.P. Harris says "Do not come," the Border is Closed during her first trip abroad

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report) —
 The number of migrants illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico Border so far this Fiscal Year is already the most since 2006 — and there's still four months left to go. The numbers quantify a lingering problem, according to the most recent preliminary Customs & Border Protection (CBP) data.

With nearly 900,000 migrants stopped by the Border Patrol between October 1st , 2020 and May 31st, 2021, there were more than 170,000 apprehensions last month alone – which is in line with 20-year records already set in March and April of this year.

In addition, there continues to be a significant number of migrants from more distant nations immigrating such as Ecuador, Venezuela, Cuba and Haiti, the data show.
And after alluding to Central America's problems of crime, government corruption and lackluster responses to natural disasters during her remarks earlier this week while visiting the "Northern Triangle" countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, Vice President Kamala Harris – and President Biden indirectly – were openly criticized by various government officials in those countries for having created the very problems they're seeking to remedy through their own open border policies.

The growing numbers have become so unmanageable since President Biden opened the Southern Border upon becoming president that the administration was forced to implement new procedures and policies just to keep temporary holding facilities from overcrowding. In untold numbers, the processes are now quickly releasing both unaccompanied minors and adults from Border Patrol stations after a backup forced 1,000s to wait for weeks earlier in the year.

Still, despite such unheralded efforts and the continued use of President Donald Trump's public health "Stay in Mexico" policy, migrants are continuing to flock to the border. And its not uncommon for migrants who are unsuccessful intitially to make multiple attempts to cross the border illegally – especially those deported back to Mexico under former President Trump's public health order.

They are counted each time they are apprehended by Border Patrol.

By the Numbers

While the majority of border-crossers, more than 40%, continue to come from Mexico and the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, Border Patrol officials in the southwest United States say they are seeing an increasing and alarming number of people now attempting to enter the united States from other, more distant nations.

For instance, in just five Souther Border Patrol Sectors:
  • 13,000 Brazilians have been stopped in the Yuma, Arizona sector alone, in addition to approximately 7,000 other Brazilians in two other sectors.
  • Over 32,000 Ecuadorians have been encountered at the U.S.-Mexico Border this Fiscal Year.
  • Comparatively, for the entire 2018 Fiscal Year less than 40,000 non-Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras or El Salvador illegals were encountered by Border Officials.
As a result of these rapidly growing developments – and the continued lack of response on the part of the Biden Administration – it is becoming increasingly unclear from the preliminary data what the exact number of migrants attempting to cross the border from countries other than Mexico and the Northern Triangle might be. Some estimates show numbers that could be in excess of 50,000.

While Vice President Kamala Harris was in Guatemala on Monday, and traveled to Mexico for Tuesday meetings after being named by the president as "Border Czar" earlier this year, her efforts to lead the Biden Administration's effort to address the "root causes" of what is now referred to as the "Biden Border Crisis" are coming under growing criticism – even by Democrat members of her own party.