Biden Begins to Address Southern Border Issues

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( – Following the Biden administration’s announcement of an asylum crackdown, border officials have reported a significant decline in encounters with illegal migrants between the U.S. ports of entry in the U.S.-Mexico border. 

On Thursday, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) stated that following the Biden announcement they have marked a 25 percent decrease in the number of encounters. However, they have also warned that the “migration flows are dynamic.” 

CBP’s acting commissioner Troy Miller noted that their enforcement efforts are continuing to cut down on southwest border encounters but that currently, the immigration system continues to lack all the resources needed for what they are seeing. He added that those serving in CBP are continuing to place national security as a priority and trying to disrupt criminal networks. He added that there are also efforts to maximize the consequences for unlawful entry to include prosecution, detention, and removal following the recently announced border-related executive orders. 

He added that should the decline continue that could potentially help boost President Biden’s position for years. The GOP has for the last few years frequently attacked President Biden over his management of the U.S. border. 

Prior to the asylum crackdown, a plateau in the number of encounters had been noted since January, with the levels having remained similar to where they have been throughout the Biden administration. 

It is not uncommon for major border policies to result in significant dips in migration. For example, Border Patrol encounters had dropped between May to June 2023 by 40 percent following the end of Title 42.

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