Rate of Illegal Aliens Escaping Border Patrol Spiked Under Biden: Data

Newly-uncovered information reveals that the rate of illegal aliens who evaded capture by the Border Patrol has spiked under Joe Biden compared to the rates under his predecessors.

According to Fox News, the Border Patrol data revealed via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request back in October shows that there were over 1.4 million “gotaways” between Fiscal Year 2010 and Fiscal Year 2020, with the lowest being 86,226 in 2011 and the highest being 171,663 in 2013.

There were 136,808 gotaways in Fiscal Year 2020, the final year of President Donald Trump’s first term. The number then skyrocketed in Fiscal Year 2021 to 387,398, before rising even higher to 606,131 in 2022 and 670,674 in 2023. Thus, there was a total of approximately 1.6 million gotaways between Fiscal Years 2021 and 2023 alone, higher than the number over the course of the entire previous decade.

Sources within Customs and Border Protection (CBP) say that there have already been at least 175,000 gotaways in Fiscal Year 2024.

“That number is a large number, but what’s keeping me up at night is the 140,000 known gotaways,” said Border Patrol Chief Jason Owens back in March.

Owens later testified before a House committee in May of 2023, asking “If a person is willing to put themselves into harm’s way crossing through very remote, very dangerous conditions to evade capture, you have to ask yourself why. What makes them willing to take that risk?”

“That’s of concern to me. What’s also of concern to me is I don’t know who that individual is. I don’t know where they came from. I don’t know what their intention is. I don’t know what they brought with them,” he continued. “That unknown represents a risk, a threat. It’s of great concern to anybody that wears this uniform.”

These numbers only further reflect the consequences of Joe Biden’s “open-borders” approach to immigration, which has resulted in the border crisis becoming one of the dominant issues for voters ahead of the November general election.

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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: Gravel road along the Border fence between New Mexico, USA and the northern state of Chihuahua, Mexico.