Mark Morgan, Trump’s former commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), said that 30,000 illegal migrants had been released into the United States since January. In an interview with the Washington Examiner, Morgan stated that these releases were directly from the Border Patrol.
The migrants were not transferred to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Facilities for detaining migrants have reached unprecedented overcapacity. Morgan said his data came from officials in the CBP. He said it would not be made public “because they’re locking down the information.”
What makes the crisis even more dangerous is that none of the migrants are being tested for coronavirus before release, posing a major health threat to Americans in border communities. The federal government has effectively put all responsibility for vaccinating migrants on local nonprofits, which have inadequate resources.
In an interview with CBS, Democrat Representative Henry Cuellar from Texas revealed that the Border Patrol agents had recently released 2,000 illegal immigrants in southern Texas without giving them notice to appear in an ICE court.
“Some family units are turned back into Mexico depending on the age of the kids. Thirteen and above are being returned… But the rest of them, the family units are being released into the United States. That’s where the burden of the border communities are felt. The cities, the counties, the [non-government organizations]. We’re feeling the brunt of what’s happening with the family units,” he said in the interview.
The majority of Americans accuse Biden of triggering the migrant border crisis by revoking several successful Trump-era policies that had produced record low illegal crossings. A poll conducted by YouGov showed that 66 percent blamed Biden for the surge in immigration at the border. Among swing-voting independents, almost 69 percent assign Biden some blame on the issue. Among Biden’s 2020 voters, 64 percent blame their presidential choice for the current border crisis.
In 2019, almost 500,000 migrants had tried to enter the United States, including children. The Border Patrol had to release some of them into the country since they could not hold them off indefinitely. Morgan revealed at the time that 218,000 people were allowed to enter. For 2021, projected numbers are four times worse. A Washington Post article claimed that the number of migrants could reach 800,000 by this September.
“DHS (Department of Homeland Security) expects approximately 500,000 to 800,000 migrants to arrive as part of a family group during the 2021 fiscal year that ends in September, a quantity that would equal or exceed the record numbers who entered in 2019, according to government data… Officials are racing to find facilities to house these families ahead of their release, along with additional staff to process an increase in humanitarian and asylum claims,” states the article.
Republican Senator John Kennedy has also proposed a simple solution to solve the border crisis “in a week”: reinstate Trump-era border policies. In an interview with Fox News, Kennedy called the flood of immigrants “dangerous” and accused Biden of undoing the Trump administration’s strong border security. He said that Biden’s U.S. migration policy is expensive. It undermines the rule of law and puts downward pressure on wages, and affects American citizens’ livelihood.