(ConservativeSense.com) – Officials from the Biden administration recently told lawmakers that the average number of illegal immigrants released into the US daily at the border is around 5,000 and that more than 670,000 have evaded Border Patrol agents over the last fiscal year.
During a briefing on December 8, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials told the House and Senate committees on Homeland Security and the Judiciary committees, alongside Arizona’s congressional delegation, that at least 670,000 “gotaways” have occurred at the border during the last fiscal year. A “gotaway” is immigration law enforcement lingo for any person who illegally entered the US and managed to evade apprehension by border patrol or customs officers.
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas also acknowledged previously that this number exceeded 600,000. Now, it’s nearing 700,000, and the US is feeling the impact.
The DHS officials also told lawmakers that a daily average of 5,000 illegals are released to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to obtain assistance. If this trend continues for another year, more than 1.8 million additional illegal immigrants will have entered the country.
The first week of December saw a record-breaking 12,000+ immigrants encountered at the border in one day, and fiscal year 2023 saw 2.4 million encounters in total, with September reaching more than 260,000 in a single month. Since the start of the new fiscal year at the beginning of October, there have been more than 440,000 encounters.
According to the DHS, the immigrants encountered by Border Patrol agents hail from more than 150 countries.
Lawmakers questioned the DHS officials about what the government is doing to work with and cooperate with the Mexican government to halt the influx of immigrants using the Mexican transportation system to get to the border. They also raised safety concerns regarding “noncitizens” traversing dangerous terrain and riding trains in illegal and “unsafe” ways to make it to the US.
While the GOP and the executive branch fight over how the crisis should be handled, everyday Americans are increasingly feeling the impact of the new arrivals and are running out of patience.
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