By Allan Wall, May 26, 2021
There’s so much transpiring on the Biden Border, most of it bad. Let’s look at several topics this week.
MEXICANS, AGAIN, LARGEST GROUP OF CROSSERS
It used to be most illegal aliens were Mexican. Several years ago that changed, with Central American illegal aliens crossing through Mexico outnumbering Mexicans crossing the U.S. border.
That’s changed again, with Mexicans now being the biggest group.
A May 11th document on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website reports “Southwest Land Border Encounters” in Fiscal Year 2021 To Date (October 2020 through April 2021).
The expression “land border encounters” refers to CBP encounters with those attempting entry through the U.S.-Mexican border. It doesn’t, of course, include those who got through the border and had no contact with CBP (of which the Border Patrol is a part).
This page lists 724,984 such “land border encounters” from October through April. Another CBP page with the same date lists it as 749,613, so we’re in the ballpark.
Of that 700,000+ total, the page has a border map divided into sectors, indicating that the biggest quantity of such land encounters was on the Texas coastal border area.
The majority of those entering were “single adults,” not referring to marital status but to adults not traveling with families. There were also families and unaccompanied children in the total.
Of the 724,984 illegal border crossers encountered, 323,457 were Mexican, 136,689 were Honduran, 127,680 were Guatemalan, 39,824 were Salvadoran, and 97,334 were Other.
So the Mexican contingent is the largest, not the majority but a large plurality. That means more Mexicans are crossing the border. The problem is, the Mexican government is unlikely to stop Mexicans leaving the country, though it does stop some of the Central Americans.
OPERATION LONE STAR UPDATE
In a March 10th blog entry I reported that the state government of Texas was launching Operation Lone Star “to combat the smuggling of people and drugs into Texas.” (See Texas Launches ‘Operation Lone Star’ to Counter Biden Border Chaos.)
Two months later how’s that going?
According to NewsNation (video at link), the operation employs manpower on land, water, and in the air, with “at least 1,000 Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers stationed along the Texas-Mexico border.”
Since it began in March, “Texas troopers have apprehended 631 people and encountered more than 24,000 migrant referrals.”
According to Texas DPS Lt. Christopher Olivarez, when DPS troopers encounter the border crossers, they contact the Border Patrol.
Lt. Olivarez reported that social media is being used to recruit smugglers, often young people in Texas’ cities to go down to the border to smuggle people across, and get paid for it.
Imagine the back-to-school essay – “My Summer Job as an Alien Smuggler.”
Lt. Olivarez had this dour observation: “Because they also know the prosecution for those cases is very low, the chances of them getting prosecuted is very low, so they know they’ll get released, and they’ll be doing it again.”
Another part of Operation Lone Star is interviewing unaccompanied minors to trace smuggling rings.
The operation is open-ended, Texas Governor Greg Abbott hasn’t set an end date.
OUR TRACKING INABILITY (BUG OR FEATURE?)
The Epoch Times points out a major problem in dealing with the border: “As thousands of illegal immigrants are released into the United States every week, the agency responsible for enforcement is unable to keep tabs on most of them. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Tae Johnson admitted to Congress that ‘there’s certainly some gaps in our ability to track’ illegal immigrants being released.”
Detained border crossers are processed “to determine who they are and whether they’re subject to being immediately turned back under the current Title 42 public health provision.”
Title 42, put into effect by Trump to protect the U.S. from COVID-19, allows the Border Patrol “to turn back illegal border crossers almost immediately.”
“Single adults from Spanish-speaking nations are almost all subject to immediate expulsion under Title 42, according to Acting CBP Commissioner Troy Miller. But Border Patrol is also encountering more illegal aliens from non-Spanish speaking nations, in particular Brazil and Haiti.”
“Of the 178,000 illegal border crossers encountered in April, around 62 percent were expelled quickly under Title 42, according to CBP data.”
“The remaining 38 percent (or 68,000 individuals) were released into the interior (family units), into Health and Human Services custody (unaccompanied minors), or ICE custody (single adults from non-Spanish-speaking nations).”
As for those who released, they get a “Notice to Report.”
What’s that? It’s “an honor system that requires the person to check in at their closest ICE facility within 60 days.”
As Johnson (pictured) said in congressional testimony, “For individuals that are just released with a notification to report to ICE or to show up in court, then our ability to track those folks quite closely is much more limited.”
That’s an understatement.
“About 20,400 individuals have been released with a Notice to Report, and Johnson said ICE has no way to track those people or where they plan to reside, as the agency’s system doesn’t link to the information Border Patrol collects at the initial intake facility.”
Others are released as part of “the alternatives to detention program,” some of whom wear anchor monitors, which are often cut off.
And get this: “Under the agency’s narrowed criteria for priority removal, most of those who abscond won’t be a priority for ICE to track down unless they commit an aggravated felony.”
Even they may be off the hook. After all, AOC doesn’t want them deported either!
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