According to a top border official, the early projections from the Biden administration suggests that a steady flow of illegal immigrants may not only top the last three years of the Trump administration, but it may top their combined total.
“So right now we’re about a hundred percent over where we were this time, this last fiscal year,” said John Modlin, the interim chief in charge of the Border Patrol in Tucson, Arizona, in an interview with Sharyl Attkinson.
“We’ve already surpassed—in the first four months of this fiscal year, we’ve already surpassed all of 2018,” Modlin continued. “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.”
It was 2018 when massive caravans began congregating at the border, turning immigration into one of the top issues for that year’s midterm election.
But soon enough, even with Democrats in Congress (and in blue-run “sanctuaries’) refusing to back him on enforcement of immigration laws, President Donald Trump was able to pull together a patchwork of policies helping to de-incentivize abuses in the system.
The pandemic’s travel restrictions helped tighten enforcement even further, bringing it to a near halt.
But with Democrat President Joe Biden barely over the six-week mark, even the pandemic is no longer a deterrent for those hoping to exploit the newly porous border policies.
After encouraging the mad rush to the border by promising not to enforce the laws, Biden quickly brought the situation back to crisis mode, overrunning the available cages needed to house unaccompanied minors.
Biden’s immigration team improvised by using storage crates, until even that grew inadequate, and on Friday he announced that he would be removing the cap at detention facilities, which had been in place due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus.
Tom Homan, former Trump administration director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said the disaster came as no surprise given that the same policies and rhetoric brought the border to a crisis during the Obama administration.
“We knew this will happen because all the promises Joe Biden has made and he continues to make,” Homan said, according to a post by Gregg Jarrett, a Fox News correspondent and investigative journalist.
“And you know, so this isn’t by accident. This is by design,” Homan continued. “This is an open border strategy. He has bowed to the left, we lose the border.”