Report: Border Patrol says 250,000 illegal immigrants ‘got away’ into the U.S. in the first six months

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DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported that the total number of illegal immigrants who escaped capture, or “got-aways”, and entered the country illegally this year will reach 250,000 as of June 13.

“Got-aways” are loosely defined as migrants crossing the border and escaping after being observed by border patrol either through visual observation of officers, video from aircraft, or physical evidence like footprints on the ground.

The method of counting is limited, and experts suspect the actual number is much higher than the calculation.

The report comes from an agency source speaking exclusively to Breitbart News. The source said that 50,000 escaped over the last 30 days. On average, 1,600 migrants escape capture each day.

In comparison, 69,000 migrant “got-aways” successfully evade Border Patrol in all of 2020, according to the report. According to Breitbart:

“The metric is usually not publicly released. It is achieved by counting illegal immigrants who ultimately escape apprehension after being observed by aircraft and camera systems.

“Border Patrol agents also use traditional sign-cutting techniques to spot footprints. It is not a perfect investigative method. Sources say the got-away count is usually lower than reality.”

Critics say that the lenient policies of the Biden administration and the increased humanitarian workload on the Border Patrol have contributed to the number of illegal immigrants escaping into the United States.

The Biden administration came under fire from the nation’s sheriffs in April for failing to control the ongoing border crisis. Hundreds of sheriffs from dozens of states sent a letter to the President pushing him to change course.

The letter, signed by 275 sheriffs from 39 states warned the President of dangerous repercussions if he continued to allow illegal immigrants to flow into the country. The letter, released by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, read:

“America’s Sheriffs are deeply troubled about the dangerous impacts your administration’s border policies are having on our citizens, legal residents, and communities.

You must act now before our nation’s public safety resources are overwhelmed with the criminal side effects of unchecked illegal immigration, including transnational gangs, guns, dangerous drugs, and human trafficking.”

In the letter, the sheriffs address the crime associated with the flow of illegals entering the country:

“As this situation continues to evolve, more families will be exposed to the violence associated with drug trafficking and transnational gangs. More parents will suffer the loss of their children, not because they were irresponsible, but because of exposure to criminal illegal alien violence caused by the reckless and irresponsible policies of your administration.

“In a myriad of ways, you and your administration are encouraging and sanctioning lawlessness and the victimization of the people of the United States of America, all in the name of mass illegal immigration.”

The sheriffs did not mince words when appointing blame for the crisis. President Biden’s promises of immigration leniency and reduced immigration enforcement orders are to blame, according to the letter:

“In the interests of ending the undermining of our laws and the increased risks to the safety and security of the people of the United States of America, we respectfully request that you immediately reverse course on your pro-illegal immigration policies, resume the border wall construction, and embrace the common-sense, public-safety-supporting border policies of the previous administration.”

The Biden administration has refused to call the situation at the border a crisis, but the numbers are making that refusal difficult to continue. Unaccompanied children have proven especially difficult for the President.

In March, border agents encountered nearly 19,000 children at the border, the largest number ever recorded in a single month.

The federal government has more than 20,000 children in detention facilities. Government projections show there could be more than 35,000 migrant children to care for at the end of June.

In April, emails directly to federal employees asking them to volunteer for paid leave to help care for the unaccompanied minors. The emails were sent to employees at agencies including the Department of Homeland Security and NASA, according to a report by The New York Times.

In an Operational Update for May 2021, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBD) said it encountered 180,034 persons attempting entry along the Southwest Border during the month, a one percent increase from the same time period in 2020.

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Biden administration working with Catholic Charities to provide illegals free hotels, commercial flights into the U.S. interior

May 12, 2021

 

 EL CENTRO, CA – Illegal aliens crossing the southern border have been receiving free food, hotel rooms, and commercial flights into the United States interior by non-governmental agencies funded by American taxpayers.

The Daily Mail is reporting on a scheme between non-governmental agencies and the federal government to facilitate the release of illegal aliens into the U.S. interior. The non-governmental agencies include Catholic Charities of San Diego, the Shapiro Foundation, and the Tripadvisors Foundation.

In southern California, the Biden administration and the state have entered into an arrangement with these agencies to provide hotel rooms costing $71 to $90 per night to illegal aliens free of charge. The administration, according to the report, has similar schemes set up in Arizona and Texas, costing American taxpayers $86 million, or $72,000 per border crosser.

In their exclusive report, The Daily Mail wrote:

“An Iranian couple fleeing religious persecution, a Venezuelan mother escaping political violence, and an Ecuadorean family who just want a better life: these are just some of the migrants being temporarily housed in a pair of California hotels for nearly $500,000 a month.”

The Daily Mail was given access to two locations in El Centro, California which have been overwhelmed by illegal border crossers. The locations were so inundated that the local detention center could not hold them all.

To deal with the crisis, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the state of California have funded 100 Ramada Hotel rooms costing $90 per night, and another 90 rooms were booked at the Travelodge costing $71 per night, to house border crossers.

Aided by the Department of Social Services, the hotels are being managed by Catholic Charities of Sand Diego, according to The Daily Mail. The charity is providing the illegal aliens with COVID-19 testing, lodging, and meals free of charge.

On Catholic Charities’ website, the charity wrote:

“Catholic Charities Community Services and our community partners need your help during this humanitarian crisis with Asylum Seeking Families. Families from South America are fleeing prosecution among other hardships, seeking a better life, and local churches and nonprofits are being called to help.”

Case manager Alberto Dilla, 31, from El Centro, explained:

“Every day, we get an email from Border Patrol telling us how many people they’re bringing. The van comes to the Ramada and they have Covid tests. Anyone who is positive stays to quarantine there for 10 days.

“Everyone else gets taken to the Travelodge where we give them food, a place to sleep and arrange travel for them to wherever they want to go.”

The hotels are a temporary band aid to try and shelter the illegal aliens crossing into the U.S, until they can be processed and transported into the U.S. interior.

Shelter manager Cassandra Castro explained:

“We just try to make sure they have everything they need before they go on to their final destination.”

Catholic Charities operates daily shuttles to Yuma and San Diego airports, where the illegal aliens are provided free commercial flights to their ultimate destinations. Some of the flights have been paid for by Miles4Migrants, which uses donated airmiles to pay for flights.

Most families stay in the hotels for no more than 48 hours before being sent to their final destinations.  Thus far, 712 illegal aliens have passed through the hotels, according to Catholic Charities CEO Vin Pajanor. He said that approximately 48 new migrants arrive daily.

The Biden administration has been struggling to control a massive influx of illegal border crossing since he took office. The surge has overwhelmed detention facilities and caused immigration officials to release increasing numbers of illegal aliens unto the U.S.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed migrants were being released into the United States to await immigration hearings, saying some holding facilities were at maximum safe capacity.

When President Biden took office in January, he promised relaxed immigration enforcement, and a rush on the border created a crisis the administration has been working to stem. The federal government has sent the message to migrants coming to the border to remain in their home countries until new policies can be created.

The pleas have not stopped the border crossings, and lax enforcement is adding to the flood of illegal immigrants into U.S. states.

Theresa Cardinal Brown, director of immigration and cross-border policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, described the problem:

“People are arriving, you can’t just stop everything while they create the new system.”

 The Washington Times reported in February that the administration was struggling to transport as many illegal immigrants into the country and away from the border as quickly as possible:

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is scrambling to find bigger airplanes and figure out more ground transport capacity for soaring numbers of illegal immigrants.”

 

 

 

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