The Washington Times reports that March 2022 was the “most chaotic month” at the southern border since Joe Biden became president and the southern border crisis went out of control.
This information comes from a new court document that is part of an ongoing legal case regarding the southern border.
In this document, it was revealed that 209,906 illegal immigrants were arrested by Border Patrol in March 2022. These are individuals who were illegally trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border.
During that same month of March, Border Patrol had another 11,397 encounters with migrants who attempted to gain access to America through ports of entry despite having no authorization to do so.
To put March 2022 into perspective, it was the worse month for southern border apprehensions since March 2000. Back then, agents apprehended 220,063 illegal immigrants.
What this means is that March 2022 was the worst month for southern border apprehensions since Joe Biden became president and opened up the border.
That’s saying something considering just how bad things have been.
A key figure
In the document, it was also revealed that 109,549 of the roughly 210,000 illegal immigrants that were apprehended in March 2022 were expelled using Title 42.
Title 42 is the Trump-era policy that has been used by the federal government to expel illegal border crossers during the coronavirus pandemic. The policy is set to come to an end in May, and the Biden administration has made it clear that it will not renew it.
Accordingly, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) believes that a surge in southern border crossings is likely. The agency, in fact, is predicting as many as 18,000 crossings per day, which is well over double the current figure.
Given all of this, it is looking as though 2022’s southern border immigration numbers are going to blow 2021’s numbers away.
Fox News’s Bill Melugin provided some insight into this, reporting that there have been 1,026,460 encounters between federal authorities and illegal immigrants in Fiscal Year 2022 thus far. On the other hand, at this same point in Fiscal year 2021, there were only 570,826 encounters. In other words, the pace has almost been doubled, meaning that a new record could be on the horizon.