Biden Admin Reports Record 250,000 Migrant Encounters Along Southwest Border in December

The Biden administration announced another month of record-setting migrant encounters along the US-Mexico border. The report of nearly 252,000 migrant encounters came in a Friday night after-hours news dump. This represents the largest single monthly report in US history.

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released its December Southwest Land Border Encounters report early Friday evening. The report revealed that US Border Patrol agents and CBP officers encountered 251,487 migrants in December 2022.

While the December report sets another record for the Biden administration, it represents the tenth consecutive month of reports exceeding 200,000 migrant encounters.

Former border security officials from the Obama and Trump administrations were quick to criticize the Biden administration for the soaring numbers.

“Joe Biden is the first president in my lifetime to intentionally de-secure the border,” former acting ICE director and Heritage Foundation visiting fellow Tom Homan said in a written statement Friday. “Using more than 90 executive orders, he reversed successful Trump-era policies that brought illegal immigration to a 40-year low and gave us the most secure border in our lifetimes.”

“This president and his team were warned what would happen if they got rid of this policy,” Homan said. “They did it anyway and you look at the consequences.

In an exclusive interview with Breitbart Texas shortly after President Biden took office, former CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan reported on the warnings given to the Biden administration during the transition.

“Look, I know what our team said to the transition team,” the former commissioner said at the time. “I know the facts and data and analysis that was provided.”

On Friday, Morgan, also a visitor from the Heritage Foundation, brought the impact of Biden’s changes to border security and immigration into focus.

“What has happened at the border over the past two years continues to be a catastrophic crisis, and the White House, Secretary Mayorkas and open border advocates on the left continue to lie about it,” Morgan said. “Under the last Democratic president, 25,000 meetings was a borderline crisis — for the Biden administration, 10 times that number is just business as usual.”

“Secretary Mayorkas has been in his position for two years. He has presided over all this chaos and destruction, and has willfully implemented every single one of the commander’s open border policies, the former CBP commissioner added. “These policies have failed, yet he absurdly continues to claim otherwise, even to the point of lying under oath to Congress. No sane person could look at the border and claim we’re on the right track.”

The CBP Southwest Land Border Encounters Report reveals that between February 1, 2021, President Biden’s first full month in office, and December 31, 2022, Border Patrol agents and CBP officers have encountered more than 4.5 million migrants along the southwest border with Mexico.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior news contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s What is your point? Sunday morning talk show. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX.

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