Border Patrol Chiefs Warn of Demoralizing and Unprecedented Migrant Surge


We know there are a lot of immigrants.

We all know this.

It’s because the border is open and Biden is giving them over $2,000 a month in free money.

New York Post:

Border Patrol chiefs of nine sectors along the US-Mexico frontier have warned a House committee about the “unprecedented” number of illegal migrant crossings that occurred in 2023 — and the threat it presents to the safety of both American citizens and the migrants themselves.

Depositions taken by the House Homeland Security Committee show the veteran officials differed in their assessment of the causes of the historic border surge — but agreed both on the humanitarian dangers and national security concerns, according to transcripts of their remarks reviewed by The Post.

I wasn’t expecting to see the numbers go like that. It never had happened before in the Big Bend Sector,” Chief Patrol Agent Sean McGoffin said of his Texas region in an April 25 interview.

“Certainly not unprecedented to see a surge or spike,” Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Dustin Caudle of the Yuma Sector in Arizona told the House panel on Sept. 28. “The volume that we’re seeing recently, in my opinion, in my career [what] I’ve seen is what I would consider unprecedented.”

“Tucson, because of the incredible amount of heat out there, the summer months tend to be very low,” Chief Patrol Agent John Modlin testified on July 26 of his sector in Arizona. “What’s happening now — that is unheard of.”

Chief Patrol Agent John Modlin

“I looked at 10 years of data to what the summer months should be,” he added. “[W]e should have about 17,000 apprehensions in July, you know, given 10 years of data aggregated. Instead we’re at 26,000. So this time of year, the most dangerous time of year, is seeing one of the most significant flows that we’ve seen.”

Modlin said the uptick has been “demoralizing” to him and his agents, who he said are fighting “to keep the border as secure” as they can.

Several interviews took place before the end of Title 42, a pandemic-era health policy that allowed for rapid expulsions, but chiefs anticipated fiscal year 2023 border crossings would surpass the record reached in the previous year.

Chief Jason Owens, who oversaw the Del Rio Sector in Texas for “most of last year” before being elevated, said his region “led the nation day to day in terms of apprehensions,” which was “the first year that [encounters] had surpassed the Rio Grande Valley Sector.”

Chief Jason Owens

“At the end of the fiscal year, we finished off FY ’22 [Oct. 1, 2021, to Sept. 30, 2022] with just over 480,000 apprehensions and right around 200,000 known ‘gotaways,’” Owens said, referencing migrants who enter the country illegally without being caught.

Those numbers are a lot lower than the previous numbers that have been given.

This article seems like a hoax to downplay immigration.

In fiscal year ’21, it was busier than the previous 9 fiscal years combined for the Del Rio Sector,” he told House committee staff during his May 9 deposition.

Many migrants have been “hopeful” about their pathway to US citizenship, San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke told the House Homeland Security Committee during his interview, which he attributed to President Biden’s policies.

Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke

Government costs for nationwide housing and care could reach $451 billion annually for apprehended migrants and known “gotaways” who have entered the US since 2021, according to a House Homeland Security Committee report released earlier this month.

In recent congressional testimony, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas revealed more than 600,000 “gotaways” evaded detection by border agents in fiscal year 2023, claiming that has been an issue for “decades” and represents “a powerful example of a broken immigration system.”

Another 900,000 migrants entered the country legally from the southwest border under humanitarian parole in the last fiscal year, permitting them to apply for asylum.

Not sure what the final tally is there.

Anyway, it’s effectively “infinity people.”

No one who wants in is not getting in.