Border Sees New Crossing Record

Federal law enforcement officials announced this week that December 2023 saw the highest level of migration into the United States in its history. The more than 300,000 figures caps off last year as the highest annual migration into the country yet recorded.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced 302,034 migrant encounters in the last month of 2023. The figure broke the previous record set earlier in 2023. Of the more than 300,000 such encounters at the nation’s borders, almost 250,000 were from illegal immigrants.

The December figure contributed to the more than 2.2 similar encounters that took place last fiscal year.

Furthermore, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is facing possible impeachment over what Republicans describe as incompetence of border control.

The House Homeland Security Committee will discuss potentially sending the articles of impeachment for a floor vote. Rep. Mark Green (R-TN) said that the secretary had “outdone himself yet again,” saying that the nation had not previously seen such “catastrophic numbers” of migrant crossings.

“December’s numbers serve as more undeniable proof that Secretary Mayorkas must be impeached,” said Green. A number of prominent Republicans, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) have announced their support for Mayorkas’ impeachment.

The increased number of migrants comes as a result of multiple factors. Millions of illegal aliens have crossed into the country since President Joe Biden took office in 2021. Furthermore, the flow of migrants significantly increased last year after the White House announced the end of former President Donald Trump’s Title 42 asylum program.

As a result of the flow, the Biden administration and the state of Texas are in a standoff over enforcement along the U.S.-Mexico border. The governors of a number of states expressed their support for the actions of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R).

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Texas’ ability to place razor wire near the Rio Grande to prevent the entry of illegal immigrants.