President Joe Biden tried to paint the dire situation on the U.S. southern border as improving despite the fact that the situation has continued to get worse.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) had 251,487 encounters with illegal aliens in December, the highest number ever recorded in U.S. history. Those numbers, combined with the first two months of fiscal year 2023 — October and November — put the U.S. on track to have more than 2.87 million illegal alien encounters on the U.S. southern border this year.
December’s numbers mean that the Biden administration has now experienced ten straight months of 200,000+ illegal alien encounters per month on the southern border.
“We now have a record number of personnel working to secure the border, arresting 8,000 human smugglers and seizing over 23,000 pounds of fentanyl in just the last several months,” Biden said. “Since we launched our new border plan last month, unlawful migration from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela has come down 97%.”
“If you won’t pass my comprehensive immigration reform, at least pass my plan to provide the equipment and officers to secure the border,” Biden claimed, failing to note that he has widely been accused of not providing the support that federal law enforcement needs to protect the border. “And a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, those on temporary status, farm workers, and essential workers.”
Former acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf responded to Biden’s claims by tweeting: “Biden talks about seizing thousands of pounds of fentanyl like it’s a success.”
“Perhaps he missed the testimony today that the fentanyl killing 100,000 Americans per year is being snuck across the border, making the cartels billions of dollars of income,” Wolf added.
President Biden claims he addressed the border crisis he created, while calling for mass amnesty.
Some lawmakers loudly disagree! pic.twitter.com/eS7pcXgmVV
— FAIR (@FAIRImmigration) February 8, 2023