Biden has moved swiftly to dismantle former President Donald Trump’s border security and interior enforcement measures. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott claims that this is causing an increase in illegal migrant crossings, drug smuggling, and cartel activity — which is creating a humanitarian crisis in Texas.

Abbott’s claim is supported by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) statistics that show the apprehension of illegal border crossers averaged about 3,000 per day in January and rose to around 3,600 in February.

CBP has apprehended 382,617 illegal crossers in the first five months of fiscal 2021, which is almost as many as the 405,036 apprehensions in all of fiscal 2020.

These illegal crossers aren’t just coming from Mexico and Central America. They are coming from all over the world, including from countries that are of terrorism concern to the United States. For instance, 11 Iranians were caught making illegal entries at the Arizona border last month.

Also, the State of Florida is suing Biden because officials there say his prioritization of enforcement measures has resulted in more crimes and is costing the state more in law enforcement resources.

It may not be possible to stop the surge in illegal migration while Biden is our president, but it should be possible to reduce the number of unaccompanied alien children (UAC) — for their sake.

Every alien faces hardship and danger on the journey from Central America to the United States, but it is particularly dangerous for children. Even former president Barack Obama tried to stop UACs from coming here.

Some 5,694 unaccompanied children were apprehended at the border in January, and the number rose to 9,297 in February.

Fish amidst sharks

Coming to the United States from Central America is one of the most dangerous trips in the world. The migrants making that journey are victims of physical and sexual assaults, extortion, kidnapping, and murder.

A February 2020 report from Doctors Without Borders states that these migrants are the proverbial fish amidst sharks. Nearly 60 percent of them have reported being the victims of violence.

Former Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf is particularly concerned about the children who are brought here by smugglers.


Published originally on The Hill