Then-candidate Joe Biden, and every other 2020 contender for the Democratic ticket, vowed to suspend all deportations for the first 100 days and try to push through a massive amnesty. That pledge, combined with disastrous immigration policies out of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) since Biden’s inauguration, has fueled a historic and sustained border crisis. In May, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended 239,416 illegal aliens, breaking April’s then-record of 234,088, which broke March’s then-record of 222,339. By comparison, May 2019 witnessed 144,116 apprehensions and May 2021 had 180,597.
In total, five months during the Biden administration have exceeded 200,000 apprehensions, a threshold that had previously only occurred one other time in our nation’s history. What most Americans may not realize is that these numbers do not include the unaccompanied alien children (UACs) smuggled or trafficked into the country when bad actors take advantage of these open borders policies.
The exploitation of vulnerable alien children on a large scale began in 2012 after the Obama-Biden administration unlawfully created the executive amnesty for “young” illegal aliens known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA enabled these illegal aliens to obtain work permits, Social Security numbers, and driver’s licenses—everything short of a path to U.S. citizenship. Even though DACA eligibility was restricted to illegal aliens already in the country by 2007 and not open to new arrivals, the cartel and trafficking networks used its very existence to convince future waves of illegal alien minors that they will benefit from the next executive amnesty.
The dramatic increase in UAC apprehensions since DACA was unveiled demonstrate this harrowing nexus. The 38,759 UAC apprehensions in fiscal year (FY) 2013, the first full FY after DACA was announced, was more than double the 15,949 UAC apprehensions in FY 2011, the first full FY before DACA. Between FY 2013 and 2016, CBP apprehended 206,962 UACs with a then-record 68,541 in FY 2014.
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