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FACTSHEET: The Biden-Mayorkas Border Crisis Breaks its Own Record

September 26, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the House Committee on Homeland Security released the August “Startling Stats” factsheet, showcasing over 300,000 border encounters nationwide—a new all-time record under President Biden and Secretary Mayorkas’ watch. At the center of this crisis, the Southwest border has now experienced a 100% increase in encounters compared to all of the last fiscal year, and there is still one more month left in FY2023.

We didn’t need more proof that Biden and Mayorkas’ post-Title 42 strategy had failed, but that’s exactly what the August U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data demonstrates. With nearly 1.6 million known gotaways and hundreds of thousands of inadmissible aliens granted parole every month through the cartel-exploited CBP One app and other mass-parole programs, this open border is only enriching transnational criminal organizations and allowing them to expand their reach across the border and the country. Now, communities across the country, from small border towns like Del Rio and Yuma to big cities like New York and Chicago, are left to pick up the pieces.

Former Obama administration Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson once described a border “crisis” as more than 1,000 alien encounters per day. In August, alien encounters at the Southwest border averaged around 6,000 a day. The truth of this crisis is clear to the American people. Unfortunately, we don’t know how many dangerous illegal aliens are entering the country undetected, especially as Border Patrol agents are being pulled off the front lines to help process and release the mass amounts of illegal aliens flooding the border. This crisis continues to be a threat to our homeland security, and Homeland Republicans are demanding accountability. 

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