Biden admin claims new border effort has led to massive drop in migrant crossings

 January 26, 2023

The Biden administration is expecting a massive drop in migrant crossings at the southern border in January under its new program.

The anticipated drop was noted in a statement from the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday.

The reason

"The DHS said on an average day in mid-December, Border Patrol agents took custody of 3,367 immigrants daily, compared to 115 apprehensions on Tuesday," the Washington Examiner reported.

"However, the department did not reveal how many immigrants from Central America, Mexico, and more than 150 other countries whose citizens have been encountered at the border over the past year have changed," it added.

The notable drop comes after a new program that people from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela would not be released into the country if they crossed the border illegally.

December high

The announcement comes after a record number in December with 251,487 migrants encountered at the southern border, according to the CBP.

This is the highest December total ever recorded. In addition, 717,660 encounters occurred over the last three months.

Rep. Mark Green, the new chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, criticized the December totals.

"Another month and another effort from DHS to hinder transparency with the American people. It’s no surprise we get our most important information from DHS on a Friday after dark," he said. "The Southwest border is an unmitigated disaster and these monthly encounter numbers from DHS prove just that," he added.

Will Biden's plan work?

While the numbers are traditionally lower during the winter months, including January, it will be interesting to see how much of an impact the new Biden policy makes. A closer look may simply reveal a shuffling of numbers from migrant crossings to another category.

If so, expect conservatives to quickly note the manipulation as the border crisis continues. The president is under pressure to get results, but it will take more than redefining reports to help Americans feel safe following the recent surge in illegal border crossings.

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