Recently, there has been a surge in human and drug smuggling crimes along the southern border of the United States, and a large number of illegal border crossers have been pouring into Texas, posing a great threat to local security. Pictured are illegal immigrants apprehended by law enforcement officers near the Texas border in December November 2019. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
As patrol agents at the U.S. southern border, overwhelmed by the task of caring for families and unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally, a growing number of illegal immigrants crossing the border have managed to evade capture by border enforcement officers and escape into the interior of the United States. Fewer drugs are also being seized by U.S. border agents.
According to preliminary data provided by Jaeson Jones, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reservist and former captain of the Texas Department of Public Safety (TSPS), in April of this year In April, the U.S. Southern Border Patrol apprehended more than 177,000 illegal border crossers.
In addition, 42,620 illegal aliens who crossed the border escaped capture by the U.S. Border Patrol.
In February and March, the number of border crossers who escaped apprehension was about 30,000 per month, or 1,000 per day. Now it has reached 1,400 per day.
Jones revealed to The Epoch Times, “What the escape numbers really represent is an indication of the extent of the infiltration of the border into the United States, and that infiltration is crossing the border into Customs Border Protection.”
The number of people who escaped apprehension is generally considered a conservative number because there are many more, fleeing people who have not been identified. The number is based on information submitted by border enforcement officers about any person they witnessed escaping, or clues they noticed, including traces or objects. These clues either come from cameras or sensors that indicate someone has passed through the border.
The number of people who escaped apprehension does not reflect the number of illegal border crossers who were chased back to Mexico – these people are often counted separately as “returnees,” and in April, that number was about 14,500. Most likely, these people will continue to try to cross the border until they get past the border and into the United States.
The increasing number of border crossers who successfully escape pursuit reflects the forced shift in focus of the U.S. Border Patrol to a focus on humanitarian care. And single male and female border crossers are taking advantage of the opportunity to slip through the gaps in border patrol.
That also means another thing, which is that more and more drugs are coming into the United States,” Jones said. If you can’t catch those people, you can’t catch those drugs.”
The number of people successfully escaping pursuit across the border is also reflected in the problems counties north of the U.S.-Mexico border are currently facing.
At least five Texas counties have issued statements of local disaster. Meanwhile one school district warned its parents, “Please be aware of your children’s safety when they are playing outside, walking home from school or just walking out of the house.”
Landowners and ranchers in areas dozens of miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border have long faced a situation where illegal immigrants are crossing their land, trying to evade Border Patrol and law enforcement highway checkpoints. These illegal border crossers typically open their gates, causing livestock to mix; break fences and gates; light fires; enter homesteads; and steal valuables.
But there is a difference between today’s human smugglers and illegal aliens evading apprehension. Smugglers are armed, and illegal aliens are often convicted criminals.
Although the Biden administration has called the unprecedented surge in illegal border crossings a “challenge,” neither the president nor vice president has visited the border personally.
When a reporter asked Vice President Kamala Harris on April 25 why she had not visited the southern border, she replied, “I don’t want to play political games.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in response on May 4: “Immediately after taking office, our administration took action to address the influx of migrants at the border – a problem that began during the Trump administration and has since worsened. “
However, the total number of arrests made by the U.S. Border Patrol this April (177,431) is 10 times higher than the 17,106 made in April 2020. in 2019, during the last crisis, the number was 109,415.