The Biden administration is setting an all-time record, and it’s not good.
Data shows that border facilities are currently holding 32,743 individuals. This occupancy rate represents a substantial 96% of the 34,000 beds that Congress has authorized for such purposes.
The Biden administration is facing mounting concerns as the number of illegal immigrants detained at the border surpasses 32,000 for the first time during his presidency. (Poll: Is America Better Off Under Biden? VOTE)
This surge underscores the perception that the administration is prioritizing catch-and-release policies over deportations.
The data, sourced from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, suggests that the administration may be downplaying deportations while actively processing illegal immigrants into the United States.
Jessica Vaughan, the director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, said, “Just because they are in custody/detained doesn’t mean they’re going to be removed under the current catch-and-release policies.”
“This is not a good report card for ICE under Biden leadership,” she said.
“ICE is not using all of the 34,000-bed capacity that Congress appropriated, even in the midst of the worst mass illegal migration crisis in U.S. history.”
“The numbers show that consistently about two-thirds of ICE’s detention capacity is for aliens arrested at the border, illustrating what a low priority it is for this administration to remove illegal aliens who make it into the country, even the criminals,” she added.
“ICE is doing less and less with taxpayer money than ever before. These numbers make the case for Congress to give the Border Patrol its own funding for detention centers for border arrests and let ICE focus on its core mission to find, detain, and remove illegal aliens inside the country,” Vaughan said.