Under the Biden administration, illegal immigration rates in states like Arizona and Texas have drastically increased.

In the 2022 fiscal year (October 1, 2021, through September 30, 2022), there have already been 1,444,886 encounters at the U.S. border. By contrast, in Fiscal Year 2020, there were only 405,036 encounters at the border.

In this fiscal year, 50 arrests have already been made after it was found that confirmed terrorists migrating across the border were in the Terrorist Screening Database.

That is a stark difference from Fiscal Year 2021, when only 15 terrorists were arrested on the border; in 2017-2020, when President Donald Trump was in office, only 11 were arrested.

However, it’s not just the southern border that has a problem with the threat of terrorism.

On the country’s northern border, it was found that there were 142 encounters with people on the terrorist watch list. Between both borders, the number of terrorists attempting to enter the U.S. totaled 192.

The average percentage of terrorists trying to come through our borders in Fiscal Year 2017 was 0.0007 percent, compared to this fiscal year’s 0.0035 percent.

Meanwhile, President Biden continues to spout his open border policies, signing 94 executive orders in the beginning of his term to help illegal immigrants enter and stay in the United States. 

Biden also committed to end Title 42, which allowed officials to turn back migrants attempting to cross the border illegally. Biden took that action despite other Democrat senators (like Mark Kelly and Krysten Sinema) urging him to provide Arizona with additional border support and security resources.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, illegal border crossings have quadrupled compared to the average monthly number from 2018 through 2020.

The big worry is with the chaos down there. When you have these kinds of people coming to the border, you have to assume that some of them got in,” Todd Bensman, a former national security professional for the Texas Department of Public Safety, told the Washington Times.

With the Republican Party of Texas Convention ongoing, delegates will be designating legislative priorities on Saturday. It remains to be seen whether securing our southern border will be among the final list of eight.

Emily Wilkerson

Emily is a summer fellow for Texas Scorecard. She is a senior at the University of Oklahoma, studying journalism with a minor in political science. She enjoys investigative journalism and making sure that every side of a story is being told.

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