Border Agents Reveal Depth Of Biden Immigration Crisis

The open borders policies of the Biden administration are leading to significant shifts in the behavior patterns and attitudes of illegal migrants, according to law enforcement agents who are becoming increasingly frustrated by the lawless approach directed by Washington.
The change in conditions at the border has been described as a “more recent phenomenon” that sees illegal immigrants increasingly eager to simply turn themselves in to authorities rather than trying to evade arrest.

This shift was discussed at length in testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee by Chief U.S. Border Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke of the San Diego Sector. Heitke observed, “The phenomenon of having people turn themselves in, it’s happened, but not at the levels that I have been seeing in the last couple years.”

America’s southern border has seen an unprecedented surge in migrant encounters since the end of President Donald Trump’s first White House term. According to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) statistics, the 2023 fiscal year saw almost 2.5 million such encounters, an increase from the 2.38 million record set the year before.

The ongoing waves of large groups of migrants surrendering have put a strain on CBP resources and altered the basic functions performed by officers. Chief Patrol Agent Jason Owens of the Del Rio Sector noted in his testimony to the House Homeland Security Committee, “For the majority of my career, I was chasing people that had crossed the border illegally,” and pointed out the job has changed mainly to administrative processing of much greater numbers of illegals who have no desire to evade capture.

House Homeland Security Committee Chair Mark Green (R-TN) lamented the Biden administration’s approach in comments to the Daily Mail: “Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas’ policies encourage lawbreaking to such a degree that record numbers of illegal aliens are actually turning themselves in.”

National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd recently said in an interview on Fox News, “We’re beyond frustrated that he allowed this issue to get as bad as it is.”

In next year’s critical presidential and congressional elections, voters face a clear choice regarding basic border security and fair and even application of the rule of law. As things stand, the Biden administration and congressional Democrats do not indicate anything will change if they are left in power.