Encounters between migrant sand Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents in the Rio Grande Valley are on the rise!
News outlets are reporting that one sector of the southern border has seen more than 100,000 illegal encounters since October 1, which is a 163% increase from the same time period in 2020.
The numbers come as the U.S. has struggled to cope with an influx of migrants and the Biden administration moved to reestablish his predecessor’s “Remain in Mexico” policy. A source from the Homeland Security Department told Fox News that the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) sector recently saw 2,284 illegal encounters within 24 hours. Similar numbers emerged in November, with at least 262 migrants making it past overwhelmed agents in that sector.
The astounding increase in encounters between Border Patrol and migrants in the area comes on the heels of Biden’s recent announcement that his administration would reinstate Trump’s controversial migrant protection protocols (MPP), also known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy, which keeps migrants on the other side of the border while they await hearings.
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas issued a memo to formally end the program in October, and since he has repeatedly stated that “MPP has endemic flaws, imposed unjustifiable human costs, pulled resources and personnel away from other priority efforts, and failed to address the root causes of irregular migration.”
Despite those words, DHS started to reimplement the policy on Monday, Dec.6. “DHS will begin the court-mandated reimplementation in one location on December 6, and quickly expanding across the Southwest Border based on discussions with the Government of Mexico to address security concerns and operational constraints,” a DHS press release reads.
Republicans have blamed the ongoing border surge on the Biden administration’s policies, including revoking MPP, while the administration has criticized its predecessor for shutting off legal asylum pathways.