According to data by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, border apprehensions surged to 208,000 as of August 2021, a 300% increase since last years apprehensions this month. Total apprehensions from October to August are 1,541,651 million, up from 458,088 last year, marking a 70% increase.
Around 8,000 illegal immigrants, mostly from Haiti, are congregating underneath a Texas bridge in Del Rio. They’re waiting to turn themselves in to U.S. Border Patrol, who will then transport them to border patrol facilities for intaking and processing, according to a Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) spokesperson speaking to the Epoch Times.
BORDER NOW: Heard from sources last night that there’s 6,000 illegal immigrants under this international bridge in Del Rio now.
Chatter about another 20k on the way, unconfirmed. Mostly Haitians, some Cubans, Venezuelans.
Most transported to BP station, processed, released. pic.twitter.com/mK3e1d07Ov
— Charlotte Cuthbertson (@charlottecuthbo) September 16, 2021
NEW: Another stunning image from our @FoxNews drone team showing the situation at the international bridge in Del Rio, TX, where a law enforcement source tells me there are more than 8,000 migrants waiting to be processed by Border Patrol after crossing illegally into the U.S. pic.twitter.com/opey70NBNt
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) September 16, 2021
From last year to this year, the U.S. has seen a 677% increase in Haitian immigrants
Many had left Haiti years, staying in South America and waiting for the chance to come into the U.S.
Initially, the Biden Administration terminated Trump’s Remain in Mexico policy, which required immigrants seeking asylum to remain in Mexico until they received a court date. A federal judge in Texas ordered that the policy be reinstated.
This comes at a time when Democrats are trying to grant amnesty to 8 million illegal immigrants. 3 million of them are defined as “Dreamers,” those who are young and undocumented who have been in the States. The remaining 5 million, however, are undefined “essential workers.”
Because Democrats face opposition in the Senate, i.e. the filibuster, Democrats are, through the reconciliation process, deferring to the Senate parliamentarian, a nonpartisan arbitrator in disagreements, currently positioned by Elizabeth MacDonough.
Democrats are proposing to add eight million green cards to the $3.5 trillion dollar budget plan. While they will need MacDonough to approve, the parliamentarian has a “strict track record on budget reconciliation,” where she has struck down both Democrat and Republican plans over the years.
The proposal to grant amnesty is problematic to many Republican critics. On the one hand, as Breitbart reports, if Democrats allow cheap importation of labor, through H-2A visa workers, with the promise of quick citizenship, “[t]hat would force Americans’ wages down and push many Americans out of agriculture jobs.” On the other hand, if amnesty was granted, any illegal immigrant that came in after, could argue in court that they were here prior.
Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) explained this situation in June 2019, when H.R. 6 proposed a similar motive.
“When Obama first passed his DACA program, it was actually surrounding a very small part of the population. There were standards on it: you had to be a certain age, you had to come in at a certain age… This new bill has done away with all that. It actually takes away all those standards. There’s actually no age limit. So when most Americans think of what a Dreamer is, we generally think of a young college student, speaks perfect English, and they probably do have a place in American society. I actually think we all agree on that. [But] This bill would open it up massively. Basically, you could be a 45 year old man, say that you came here as a teenager, and say that you’re a Dreamer. So this isn’t really a fix for Dreamers, this is pure Amnesty.”
If the parliamentarian rejects the bill, Democrat budget chief Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) threatened that she can be replaced.
Mark Zuckerberg, who benefits from cheap labor, is using his pro-immigration group FWD.us to pressure Biden into supporting the policy. As Breitbart reports, “Biden’s main immigration bill was introduced on January 20. It includes many changes championed by Zuckerberg and his wealthy coastal investors at FWD.us. Those changes include a rule allowing all employers to recruit an unlimited supply of foreign graduates with the dangled promise of green cards for a decade’s work. Similarly, Biden’s Department of Labor has blocked a Donald Trump-directed wage raise for visa workers that FWD.us opposed.”
President of NumbersUSA, said in a statement of the Biden Administration’s decision to delay block the Trump-era Department of Labor plan, “Strengthening Wage Protections for the Temporary and Permanent Employment of Certain Aliens in the United States:”
“Once again, the Biden Administration is siding with corporations who seek cheap foreign labor instead of hiring American workers at a prevailing wage at a time of high unemployment and rising inflation. This inexplicable 18-month delay in requiring prevailing wages for foreign workers, following a 3-month delay announced in March, is only the latest in a string of actions this Administration is taking to reward the least responsible employers while allowing the importation of foreign labor to depress the wages of nurses, teachers, tech workers, and others.”
Republicans have voiced objection to the Democrats’ immigration plan suggesting that immigration has nothing to do with tax or spending policy. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has said, “I hope she rules with us. This is not a budgetary matter, it’s a major policy change.”