The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) recently claimed that the ongoing mass migration crisis has led to a daily rate of at least 9,000 apprehensions along the southern border.
Breitbart reports that DPS spokesman Lt. Chris Olivarez confirmed the claims, saying that the previous two days have seen over 9,000 such apprehensions of illegal aliens. These numbers surpass the previous highest daily rate in the month of December, which saw approximately 7,200 arrests per day.
If the daily rate of 9,000 holds steady for the rest of May, it will shatter previous records under the Biden Administration as well as the overall history of the Border Patrol, ultimately coming to about 279,000 illegal aliens apprehended this month; the previous month in April saw over 181,000 apprehensions overall. The daily figures are expected to rise significantly, however, once the Trump-era Title 42 policy officially ends on May 11th.
Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz took to Twitter with his own weekly numbers, including 54,951 apprehensions, which amounts to approximately 7,850 per day. He also estimated at least 18,698 “gotaways” who managed to avoid authorities altogether, as well as over 100 pounds of cocaine, 138 pounds of fentanyl, 1,050 pounds of marijuana, and 2,721 pounds of meth seized from illegals at the border.
Title 42 is a widely successful policy that gave the executive branch greater authority to crack down on immigration, legal and illegal alike, due to public health concerns. Citing the Chinese Coronavirus pandemic, the Trump Administration enacted Title 42 to more strictly enforce the border and deport illegals, while also canceling numerous other immigrant visas to reduce legal immigration. Despite being a popular and effective policy, Biden had repeatedly vowed to end it due to his stated support on the 2020 campaign trail for bringing in more illegals, and providing them with free, taxpayer funded benefits as president.