Formerly the border crossing numbers from last month were released near the beginning, or in the middle, of the month, often on a Friday, the traditional day for burying bad news. During the Biden Border Rush, this has gotten closer and closer to the end of the month: in October, 2021, they were released on October 22, the fourth Friday of a five-Friday month.
The Center for Immigration Studies wrote in May of this year that
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has utilized this delay tactic throughout the Biden administration in an effort to hide the full extent of its border crisis from the American people.
This time they released the data on December 23, two days before Christmas [Holiday News Dump Tries to Hide Massive Surge in Border Migration, by Andrew R. Arthur, CIS.org, December 26, 2022].
Here’s our interactive chart:
Here’s what Andrew Arthur (above) says about the latest numbers:
There are any number of ways to look at last month’s apprehension totals, and none of them are good. Agents at the Southwest border set a new apprehension record in FY 2022, when they caught more than 2.2 million illegal entrants, blowing away the old record (set in FY 2021) by more than 547,000.
November is the second month of the federal government’s new fiscal year, and last month agents apprehended nearly 40,000 more illegal migrants than they did in November 2021—a 23 percent increase.
In October and November—the first two months of FY 2023—agents have caught more than 411,000 aliens who entered illegally over the Southwest border. That’s more apprehensions in just two months than agents made in all of FY 2011, FY 2012, FY 2015, FY 2016, FY 2017, FY 2018, or FY 2020.
Only Going to Get Worse. As bad as these apprehension numbers are, they’re only going to get worse once CDC orders, issued pursuant to Title 42 of the U.S. Code in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, expire. Those orders direct DHS to expel all illegal migrants at the nation’s land borders.
If you want to know how bad it is, you can hover your cursor over our interactive chart, above, and get results like this:
The latest figures, not actually the highest during the Biden Regime:
The highest ever during the Presidency of Donald Trump, who may have disappointed some people, but was at least on the American side:
And two of Donald Trump’s LOWEST illegal immigrant months, one at the start of his Administration, and the other near the end, when he had achieved something like an Immigration Moratorium due to COVID.
So if you’re wondering if elections even matter, they do.
James Fulford [Email him] is writer and editor for VDARE.com.