As President Joe Biden’s open border policies inflame a humanitarian and national security crisis on the southern border, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) recorded 207,416 encounters for the month of June—the highest ever recorded in June since they began keeping track in 2000.
CBP’s recently announced numbers also revealed other troubling events. Although they are touting a 14 percent decrease since May’s record-breaking 240,991 encounters, they also recorded a 4 percent increase in unaccompanied minors, with 15,271 children attempting to cross the border alone.
Notably, 26 percent of the total June encounters were individuals already encountered by Border Patrol at least once in the past year, higher than the previous re-encounter average of 15 percent from fiscal years 2014-2019.
Border Patrol has logged more than 1.7 million encounters since the beginning of the federal fiscal year last October, and with three months left in the 2022 fiscal year, they are on track to log more than 2 million encounters—the most ever recorded in a year and about equivalent to the population of Houston.
Meanwhile, the federal government has awarded a $171.7 million contract to the George Soros-linked Vera Institute of Justice to help illegal aliens avoid deportation, and the Biden administration has lessened prosecutions for those illegally invading the country.
CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus recently issued a warning to illegal aliens and traffickers, especially during the current extreme summer weather that recently killed more than 50 migrants being smuggled in a trailer.
“My message to those considering taking this dangerous journey is simple: this is not an easy passage, the human smugglers only care about your money – not your life or the lives of your loved ones,” Magnus said, “and you will be placed in removal proceedings from the United States if you cross the border without legal authorization and are unable to establish a legal basis to remain.”
Meanwhile, Gov. Greg Abbott’s border security push—Operation Lone Star—has seen some success but has been widely criticized as short-term “political theater,” mired with political, legal, and logistical problems. OLS is currently bleeding the state of billions in taxpayer dollars. “We can’t spend our way out of this,” said State Sen. John Whitmire (D–Houston), a member of the Senate Finance Committee who is advocating for alternative options such as Gov. Abbott approaching the Mexican government. He called for a “diplomatic, humanitarian approach to this, other than this committee sitting here and writing another billion-dollar check.”
With several counties in Texas already declaring the border crisis an invasion, the Center for Renewing America recommends that Abbott declare an invasion under Article I, Section 10, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution, in order to halt the ongoing invasion, in the absence of federal action.
Eighty-five percent of GOP voters also support declaring the border crisis an invasion, with the Republican Party of Texas making “Securing the Border and Protecting Texans” a legislative priority for the upcoming 2023 state legislative session.
Concerned citizens may contact their state representative, senator, and Gov. Abbott.