Over 200,000 Illegal Aliens Have Avoided Border Patrol Since October

On Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed that well over 200,000 illegal aliens coming across the southern border have managed to completely evade Border Patrol and other border authorities since October.

The New York Post reports that an anonymous DHS official reported as many as 220,000 “gotaways” over the last four months, illegals who were never even stopped by Border Patrol. The official noted that the unusually high number came even during the winter season, which usually sees a slowdown of border crossings due to harsh weather conditions.

The 220,000 consists primarily of illegals who were spotted at some point on surveillance equipment, but were not actually stopped or confronted by federal personnel; with a number of other illegals sneaking across the border completely undetected, the actual number of gotaways is likely even higher.

Conversely, the number of illegals successfully stopped at the border, officially labeled as “encounters,” was approximately 153,941 in January of 2022; there were over 178,000 encounters in December and 173,000 in November.

By contrast, in January of 2021, that number was just 78,414. The DHS further revealed in a court filing that over 62,000 illegals were released in January.

The latest numbers further reflect the devastating impact of the Biden Administration’s open-borders policy, which Biden explicitly campaigned on in 2020. Then-candidate Biden repeatedly pledged to give numerous free, taxpayer-funded benefits to illegal aliens, including healthcare, education, and housing. Shortly after he came to power, the rates of immigration skyrocketed and created a crisis on the southern border, with the administration repeatedly refusing to acknowledge the situation as a crisis.

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: ROMA, TEXAS - APRIL 15: Immigrants arrive to the United States while being smuggled across the Rio Grande from Mexico on April 15, 2021 in Roma, Texas. A surge of mostly Central American immigrants crossing into the United States, including record numbers of children, has challenged U.S. immigration agencies along the U.S. southern border. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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