(LibertySociety.com) – As the Biden administration and the media have begun touting the decrease in illegal crossings at the southern border purportedly due to new policies of the Department of Homeland Security, the El Paso, Texas sector is reportedly continuing to see significant encounter rates. Last week, El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Anthony “Scott” Good took to Twitter with a 5-day recap regarding smuggling and migration near the border. According to him, there were around 1,470 average encounters per day during the week of April 10.
Title 42, which is a public health rule that requires the automatic expulsion of illegal migrants attempting to enter the country, is set to expire at the end of May 2023. Authorities are expecting an increase to more than 18,000 illegal migrant encounters per day, which could overwhelm Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and cause logistical issues at ports of entry. Recent policies adopted by the Biden administration, such as the parole program that allows 30,000 migrants from certain countries to come to the United States who are experiencing a humanitarian crisis, were said to have been implemented to help curb the number of illegal crossings at the southern border, freeing up CBP resources.
Another program recently implemented is the Alternatives To Detention (ATD) program, which releases illegal migrants with ankle bracelets or phone tracking devices instead of housing them in detention facilities. However, some new DHS policies have faced scrutiny from Republicans, with 20 states suing over the parole program, which they say is being used for purposes other than what it is intended. A federal judge in Florida also slapped down the ATD policy, ordering the Biden administration to follow the law. Detaining migrants could also become complicated, as another new proposal by DHS would decrease the number of beds available in detention facilities.
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