In recent days, the Biden administration has found itself grappling with an escalating surge of unauthorized border crossings in the Southwest. The situation has prompted a renewed focus on strategies to address the issue.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Border Patrol faced a daunting task as they apprehended nearly 9,000 migrants in a single day, according to officials who requested anonymity to discuss preliminary data. This surge has been particularly pronounced in rural areas of southern Arizona, including the greater Tucson region, as well as in South Texas.
Eagle Pass, Texas, was among the areas most impacted, with Border Patrol agents working diligently to vet and process approximately 2,500 migrants taken into custody at the border. To facilitate this effort, they temporarily shut down rail and vehicle traffic at multiple border crossings in the vicinity.
However, operations at the international railway bridge in Eagle Pass resumed early Saturday, albeit with partial vehicle processing, as reported by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
In August, the U.S. Border Patrol recorded a significant uptick in apprehensions along the southern border, reaching 181,059 compared to 132,648 in July, according to the latest data from Customs and Border Protection. Moreover, across the entire Southwest, migrants were arrested or detained more than 232,000 times, marking the highest figure since December of the previous year.
Nationally, authorities encountered migrants over 300,000 times in the previous month, a notable increase from the 245,213 encounters reported in July.
This surge in migration occurs against the backdrop of the Biden administration’s efforts to implement new measures aimed at mitigating the situation at the southern border. However, the response has sparked differing opinions, with many Republicans contending that it falls short of effectively securing U.S. borders, while immigration advocates argue that the president has not done enough to revamp immigration laws.
In light of these developments, ABC News delves into the intricacies of the ongoing border crisis, shedding light on the factors contributing to this recent surge and why it is happening at this juncture.