Officials say over 172K migrants were apprehended in March as crisis continues at southern border

Citing newly released data from Biden administration officials, ABC News reported Thursday that over 172,000 migrants crossed into the U.S. through the southern border last month, a staggering figure that the White House is now scrambling to defend amid claims from the GOP that the president himself is to blame for the surge.

March 2021 was the biggest month for migration through the U.S.–Mexico border since the early 2000s, according to NPR. The 172,000 apprehended by border officials included nearly 19,000 unaccompanied children, “double the levels from February and the most ever in a single month,” NPR reported.

According to ABC, roughly 60% of those arrested or detained by border officials last month were swiftly deported.

“This is not new”

In a statement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) acting commissioner Troy Miller said the numbers have continued to climb into April.

“CBP has experienced an increase in encounters and arrests. This is not new,” he said, according to Fox News. “Encounters have continued to increase since April 2020, and our past experiences have helped us be better prepared for the challenges we face this year.”

Miller went on: “We are committed to balancing the need to maintain border security, care for those in our custody, and keep the American people and our workforce safe.”

In the meantime, Republicans in Washington have charged that if President Joe Biden and his administration really want to tamp down on migration, they ought to be more clear about that in their rhetoric.

“Biden wants to dismantle everything [former President Donald] Trump did, anything that has to do with border security,” Betty Cardenas, chair of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly, said last month, according to PBS NewsHour. “Let’s just be honest here. Biden did send a clear message to [immigrants] to come to our border.”

“Biden doesn’t seem to care”

The president defended himself last month in his first press conference, saying “a significant increase in the number of people coming to the border in the winter months of January, February, March” was to be expected. “It happens every year,” Biden said, according to PBS.

After the latest data was released, the White House doubled down. “Nobody should have the expectation this is going to be solved overnight,” an unnamed official told reporters Wednesday, according to USA Today.

Echoing earlier remarks from Biden, another unnamed official sought to blame Trump for the ongoing crisis. “We’re continuing to dig out of the hole left by the previous administration on immigration,” the official said, according to Fox.

But with the numbers off-the-charts and rising by the day, it doesn’t seem Republicans are buying what the Biden administration is trying to sell. “Border Patrol in McAllen, [Texas] told us…March was the busiest month for illegal immigration in their history,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) wrote in a tweet Thursday. “They’re overwhelmed at their facilities,” he said — and all the while, “President Biden doesn’t seem to care.”

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    1. It is not better at the border, they want you to believe that,but as usual they lie, another huge lie, Trump did not have anything to do with it. He had it under control, no problem. Biden, Harris, Rice, Obama, schumer’s,and pelosi all had their hands in all this mess. Biden has dementia, they have no excuses. They are greedy and power hungry.

  1. Witchdoctor, Biden confused and dazed, t’ings goin’ to get riddy, riddy bad for Biden. Dat what me say.

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  4. Let all of the immigrants in and put them on buses and send them to DC and drop them at the Whitehouse and the nation’s capital and let the politicians deal with Biden’s policies. They can house them, feed them and make sure they are good to vote for them. That’s what they are trying to do anyway, so make it easy for the politicians to do the job. I like to see the news report when over 175,000 immigrants show up in DC.

  5. Send them all to the neighborhoods of people who voted for the babbling idiot in office! They knew this would happen & voted for the moron anyway!

  6. Biden is too stupid to care. He is following what he has always done, talk big, make a mess, then do nothing! After forty some years in politics, and doing nothing, what do you expect? Demonrats, you got what you asked for, are you happy now?

  7. Deduct from Dems supporters paychecks (and welfare checks too) to fund the illegals.
    They buy, the pay, simple!

  8. All along while Biden keeps the southern border open, yet the Alaskan people are suffering from the closed border into Canada, this is Alaska’s second summer of no income coming from the travelers to visit Alaska, you tell me if this wouldn’t piss all Americans off, Democrats’ are hypercritics in every way on this one.

  9. Michael Saunders, U.S. Army S.F. veteran of the Vietnam war and 23 years in law enforcement says:

    Biden should be charged and arrested put in jail for braking this counties laws. Biden don’t care about this country or the people in our country.

  10. Michael Saunders, U.S. Army S.F. veteran of the Vietnam war and 23 years in law enforcement says:

    Just when are the people of this country going to wake up and open their eyes and see what Biden is doing to our country.

  11. Michael Saunders, U.S. Army S.F. veteran of the Vietnam war and 23 years in law enforcement says:

    Biden needs to be impeached and now.

    1. Sorry, the Dems used up their impeachments trying to get Trump, and failed. Now they just have to wait until Joe totally loses it, and install Kamala to replace him. In the meantime they have to figure out a way to make hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants citizens so they can vote Democrat. Boy I miss Donald Trump.

  12. Yes, along with Harris and Pelosi. They have not and will not fulfill their oath when the took office. They all should be charged with child soliciting, drug traficking and murder. For everybody that dies from Covid 19 after they opened the borders and have not tested the people coming across the border, illegally.

  13. Am I the only one who is sick of the Biden administration? It seems to be creating more problems than it is solving. Can we take another three and a half years of his insanity?

  14. Trump should ministration have the border China and more all figured out Biden on the other hand just wants to screw things up and make it worse in America Biden and his staff should all be impeach removed from office never to serve again it goes right down to Pelosi in Paris and everybody else in his administration nothing but a bunch of crooks and liars

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