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FACTSHEET: The Worst November on Record—All Thanks to Secretary Mayorkas

January 2, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. The House Committee on Homeland Security has released its latest “Startling Stats” factsheet documenting U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) border encounter data for November 2023, which marks the second chaotic month of Fiscal Year (FY) 2024.

Last month’s CBP data encapsulates part of why this Committee will be taking up articles of impeachment against Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, as this crisis is only further spinning out of control through his intentionally reckless catch-and-release policies and refusal to enforce the laws passed by Congress. Last month was the worst November on record. In November, the agency recorded 308,728 encounters nationwide, including 242,418 at the Southwest border. Through just two months of FY2024, total encounters at official ports of entry (235,018) already nearly surpass those for all of FY2020 (241,786).

Sadly, many of these individuals were released into the interior with a “Notice to Appear” (NTA),with a court date often years in the future, even though DHS’ own reporting shows that illegal aliens released into the interior and not removed within a year are rarely actually removed. Last month alone, 130,712 illegal aliens encountered between ports of entry at the Southwest border were released into our communities with NTAs rather than detained.

As this unprecedented crisis continues, Mayorkas is diverting more and more resources to support his catch-and-release policies rather than securing our border. In November, a Border Patrol checkpoint in Lukeville, Arizona, was closed so CBP officers and Border Patrol agents could process a mass influx of inadmissible aliens into the country. Last month, more Border Patrol agents along the northern and coastal borders were asked to help with virtual processing of aliens encountered at the Southwest border.

As detailed in the Committee’s transcribed interviews with eight chief patrol agents and one deputy chief patrol agent for the sectors along the Southwest border, closing checkpoints, taking agents out of the field, and engaging in mass catch-and-release all incentivize more illegal activity, even encouraging illegal aliens to turn themselves in so they can just be released. These actions leave sections of our borders more vulnerable to gotaways and drug smuggling. Last month, these consequences were evident.


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