Since President Joe Biden assumed office in January 2021, approximately 6.5 million illegal aliens have been encountered at the United States-Mexico border, surpassing annual U.S. births. A recent report from Republicans on the House Homeland Security Committee sheds light on the severity of the ongoing border crisis, prompting concerns about the administration’s handling of immigration and border security.
The report, led by Chairman Mark Greene (R-TN), reveals alarming statistics regarding illegal alien encounters at the southern border during the Biden administration. The figure includes 6.5 million individuals encountered and an additional nearly two million classified as “known got-aways” – those who successfully crossed the border undeterred by Border Patrol agents. Moreover, experts suggest that there may be millions more “unknown got-aways” who have evaded detection.
The total number of encounters at U.S. borders under Biden’s leadership reaches a staggering 7.8 million, contributing to what Chairman Greene describes as a “historic border crisis.” The report emphasizes that the situation continues to escalate into the new fiscal year, prompting growing concerns about the strain on immigration enforcement resources.
The Biden administration’s catch and release policy have allowed millions of encountered illegal aliens to be released into American communities by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This practice has sparked apprehension about potential repercussions for local communities and the strain on public resources.
Chairman Greene issued a stern warning to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, stating, “These are catastrophic numbers across the board … I want to make this very clear to Secretary Mayorkas: Accountability is coming.” The report suggests that the Biden administration’s approach to border security is contributing to a critical and unsustainable situation.
Estimates from June indicate that approximately 17 million illegal aliens now reside in the U.S., incurring an annual cost of $163 billion to American taxpayers. This figure, however, does not encompass additional economic burdens such as housing expenses, unpaid hospital bills, lower wages, and job displacement resulting from illegal immigration.
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