Border crossings have decreased significantly since Biden took office

Anjali Jain
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks on the Senate's recent passage of the National Security Supplemental Bill, which provides military aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, in the State Dining Room of the White House on February 13, 2024 in Washington, DC. New border data shows that migrant encounters at U.S. borders in January were the lowest they've been throughout the entire Biden administration.

New data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) indicates that national U.S.-Mexico border crossings decreased by about 42 percent from December to January, providing the Biden administration with ample cause for celebration on Tuesday. The monthly decline was the most significant since Joe Biden assumed office.
The president and his administration, particularly Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), have been subject to consistent criticism from Republicans due to the unprecedented influx of migrants entering the United States. In December of fiscal year 2023, the cumulative number of individuals crossing the border surpassed 988,900, which is a significant increase from the record-breaking number of migrant encounters in October.
The Republican-led House of Representatives impeached Mayorkas on Tuesday, making him the first Cabinet secretary since 1876 to be subjected to impeachment. The action followed last week’s unsuccessful impeachment resolution. It is improbable that the Senate, which is currently controlled by Democrats, will find him guilty and dismiss him from his position.

January witnessed a total of 242,587 migrant encounters across the northern and southern borders of the United States, a significant decline from the 370,925 encounters recorded in December. Additionally, the figure exhibits a reduction of over 65,000 in comparison to the preceding months of October (309,065) and November (308,636).
The number of migrant encounters at the land border of the Southwest, which caused concern among states such as Texas and Arizona, decreased from 301,983 in December to 176,205 in January.
The White House was contacted via email by Newsweek for comment.
The 2023 fiscal year witnessed an increase in the number of encounters at the U.S.-Mexico border from approximately 1.7 million in 2021 to over 2.4 million.
Troy Miller, the senior official representing the commissioner at the Customs and Border Protection (CBP), stated in a press release on Tuesday that progress is being made in combating illegal immigration, particularly at ports of entry, despite “significant challenges” that remain.
“Southwest border encounters between ports of entry dropped by 50% in January,” Miller reported. “We continue to experience serious challenges along our border which surpass the capacity of the immigration system.”
He further stated: “CBP remains on the frontline in preventing fentanyl and other dangerous drugs from entering our country, enforcing our nation’s laws and interdicting 34% more fentanyl and 68% more cocaine than the previous month.”
Texas also experienced a significant decline in the number of encounters with migrants, with total crossings decreasing from 155,737 in December to 73,750 in January. This is the lowest total since the beginning of the fiscal year in October.
Southwest land border crossings also decreased significantly between October and December, when they reached six figures. In January, there were 68,260 encounters from Mexico into the United States, compared to 149,806 in December.
By impeaching Mayorkas, Biden stated on Tuesday that House Republicans are “playing political games” and that history “will not look kindly” on them.
“Instead of staging political stunts like this, Republicans with genuine concerns about the border should want Congress to deliver more border resources and stronger border security,” the chief executive stated.
He continued by saying “Sadly, the same Republicans pushing this baseless impeachment are rejecting bipartisan plans Secretary Mayorkas and others in my administration have worked hard on to strengthen border security at this very moment—reversing from years of their own demands to pass stronger border bills.””In order to play politics, it is not what the American people expect from their leaders to abandon real solutions just when they are most desperately needed,” Biden said.

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