(PresidentialWire.com)- Data from the Customs and Border Patrol shows that arrests by their department have increased to the highest level they’ve been at since back in 1986.
During the 2021 fiscal year, American authorities detained more than 1.7 million migrants at the southern border with Mexico. The report cited data from the CBP, which the Washington Post obtained. The fiscal year ended in September.
In 1986, Border Patrol conducted 1.69 million arrests across the country. Back then, the data was broken down into how many of the arrests were made at the border.
Part of the reason for the high number that year was an immigration reform bill that went into effect in 1986, which was signed by President Ronald Reagan. The bill provided immigrants who entered the U.S. before 1982 with a pathway to legal American citizenship. It also penalized businesses that hired illegal immigrants and tightened border security.
Last fiscal year, the Rio Grande Vally sector of the CBP had the most arrests, with a total of 549,000 apprehensions. Del Rio clocked in with 259,000 apprehensions of their own.
The crisis at the U.S. southern border with Mexico soared to new heights once President Joe Biden entered the White House. Local leaders in states that share a border with Mexico have accused Biden and his administration of not paying any attention to Americans who live in their states.
Greg Abbott, the Republican governor of Texas, for example, told Fox News this week:
“We’re seeing the highest number of cross border crossings, and it’s all because of the catastrophic open border policies by the Biden administration.”
The Texas governor said the White House has “completely abandoned” his state’s ranchers and residents and “all the people who live on the border.”
Many of the Trump-era immigration policies were immediately loosened by a group of executive orders Biden signed not long after taking office.
The Biden administration has been working since January on rescinding Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, which requires migrants to be sent to Mexico as they await their immigration hearings.
A federal court ordered the Biden administration to reinstate the policy earlier this year, and the Supreme Court wouldn’t block that decision when they took up the case in August.
Officials from the Department of Homeland Security said they would restart the Remain in Mexico policy by next month, but they are still working on getting rid of the program altogether.
Chris Magnus, who Biden has picked to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection, wouldn’t call the situation at the southern border a crisis while testifying as part of his confirmation hearing this week. Instead, he said the issue was only “very serious.”
He replied to a direct question of whether it was at a crisis level by saying:
“Let me assure you that no one believes there is greater urgency to this matter than I do.”
He added that “the situation is very serious,” and “regardless of what we call it, it is something important to me.”