Border Patrol sees record arrests at southern border in December

U.S. Border Patrol Agent Carlos Rivera guides migrants through processing after attempting to cross the border from Mexico into Sunland Park, NM on September 17, 2021. (Paul Ratje/Reuters)

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended 178,840 illegal immigrants at the border in December 2021, making it the worst December at the border in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) history, and “breaking the previous DHS December record by more of 100,000,” GOP Rapid Response Director Tommy Pigott Noted today.

That’s up from the previous month — in November, CBP reported 174,744 arrests — but still down from its July peak of 213,593 encounters between illegal immigrants and border agents.

Specifically, however, the number of arrests at or near the border indicates an ongoing crisis for the US immigration system. It is also a damning condemnation that the White House has done little or nothing to stem the tide of illegal immigrants pouring into the southern border. It’s been a year now. The hand gestures and excuses Biden used to justify his failures at the border in the early months of his term are no longer possible.

During this time, it makes well over six months since Kamala Harris – apparently the administration’s borders czar – even visited the border. In fact, she’s only visited the border once: her trip south was in June 2021. Instead, the Biden-Harris administration continues to tout its white papers and policy proposals for stem the tide of migration by tackling its problems. “root causes.

How is it going for them?

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