While wave after wave of undocumented migrants continues to negatively impact the U.S. southern border, President Joe Biden is launching a plan to reverse thousands of deportations enforced during President Donald Trump’s Administration.
Department of Homeland Security spokesperson Marsha Espinosa confirmed that officials within the Biden Administration were formulating a “rigorous and systematic approach” that could ultimately reverse deportations, or at the very least, all those deported to present their claims.
This could impact more than 900,000 individuals who were in the U.S. illegally and were deported during the Trump Administration, Politico reported.
Swarms of undocumented migrants have overwhelmed officials at the U.S. southern border over the first six months of the Biden Administration, making border communities like San Ysidro, California, Nogales, Arizona, Santa Teresa, New Mexico, and Laredo, Texas, much more dangerous than they were a year ago.
“So right now, we’re about a hundred percent over where we were this time, this last fiscal year,” Josh Modlin, the interim chief of Border Patrol’s Tucson sector, told Immigration Reform.com. “We’ve already surpassed all of 2018. If the flow continues at the rate it is here, by the end of this fiscal year, we will have surpassed ‘18, ’19, and ‘20, all combined.”
In the first six months of Biden’s administration, more than 322,000 undocumented immigrants were detained at the U.S. southern border with Mexico and apprehended nearly 65,000 single adults in January alone.
During the same time frame, the apprehension of unaccompanied minors crossing the border has increased 64 percent, compared to January 2020., according to an apprehension information report from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Many of those undocumented immigrants come from Mexico, as well as Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.
Since Biden took office, a record number of undocumented immigrants, many of them unvaccinated for COVID-19, were dropped off at border town bus stations as part of the administration’s Catch and Release program, while ditching Trump’s migrant protection protocols that curtailed the release of many. of these undocumented immigrants into the U.S.
Meanwhile, construction on the wall between the U.S. and Mexico also ceased, prompting Texas Governor Greg Abbott to issue a disaster declaration for 34 Texas counties, activate the Texas National Guard, and deploy thousands of Texas State Troopers while he simultaneously vows to finish the wall along the Texas border.
“President Biden’s open-border policies have paved the way for dangerous gangs and cartels, human traffickers, and deadly drugs like fentanyl to pour into our communities,” Abbott said in a June 1 press release. “Meanwhile, landowners along the border are seeing their property damaged and vandalized on a daily basis while the Biden Administration does nothing to protect them. Texas continues to step up to confront the border crisis in the federal government’s absence, but more must be done.”
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