Startling numbers were unveiled by the Center for Immigration Studies earlier this June. A report based on the Current Population Survey (CPS) by the Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows that the foreign born population has grown by 132,000 a month since President Biden took office in January 2021.
For the first time in U.S. history, the foreign born population, i.e., those not born on American soil which includes both legal and illegal immigrants, has exceeded 47 million residents as of April 2022. Illegal immigrants account for two-thirds of foreign-born population growth, with an estimated 1.35 million settling in the U.S. in the last 16 months.
The foreign-born population began to decline in September 2019, but again began to rise in December 2020, a month before President Biden took office. The Center for Immigration Studies writes that “it is also important to keep in mind that as the foreign-born population increases in size it makes it less likely it will grow unless ever more people are entering. This is because a larger immigrant population means there is a larger pool of people from which emigration can occur.”
In other words, as more emigrate into the country, the foreign-born population will increase; immigration may also continue to rise, both legally and illegally, when immigrants have someone already living here. If current trends continue, then by September 2023 nearly 15% of the U.S. population will be foreign-born.
There have been 1.2 million apprehensions along the Southwest border in 2021, according to statistics from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB). From January to April 2022, 584,231 apprehensions have been made.
Reports from the CPB obtained by Breitbart Texas claim that 138,000 migrants were apprehended across five Texas-based sectors, including the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo, Del Rio, Big Bend, and El Paso. This is out of more than 220,000 that were apprehended along the entirety of the Southern border. Contributing to this, over Memorial Day weekend, nearly 4,000 migrants were apprehended along the Del Rio sector, with 1,652 evading into the U.S’s interior, according to a Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens.
Migrants encountered at the border reached almost 240,000 in May, according to a CBP press release.
Why the Surge?
Much has changed after November 2020, and it was palpable that the world was anticipating it even before the election. As early as January 2020, one migrant is reported to have said that she wants Trump out. “I’ll wait for that because it would make things easier to get in,” she said.
In March 2021, migrants were photographed at the U.S.-Mexico border wearing shirts that read “Biden Please Let Us In.”
When the President encouraged immigrants to “surge to the border,” terminated the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy, paused deportations, ended expulsions under Title 42, and halted the remaining construction of the wall, he sent a clear signal to those who would undoubtedly attempt to seek asylum or otherwise enter illegally.
Illegal immigrants have been quietly flown in and dropped off in states across the country at the behest of the Department of Homeland Security. Earlier this year, a federal contractor responsible for transporting migrants across the U.S. reportedly admitted on camera that the U.S. “government is betraying the American people.”