North Dakota Attorney General Warns Of Worsening Illegal Immigration At Northern Border

North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley (R) testified at a House Judiciary Subcommittee field hearing on Wednesday, warning that illegal immigration flows through the northern U.S. border are likely to worsen. The hearing, titled “The Biden Border Crisis: North Dakota Perspectives,” was held in Grand Forks and attended only by Republican lawmakers.

Wrigley mentioned that there has been a rise in encounters along the 310-mile stretch of North Dakota’s northern border with 4,444 encounters in fiscal year 2023 compared to 2,127 in fiscal year 2022 and 548 in fiscal year 2021. He voiced worries about the escalating situation under the Biden administration expressing concerns about its effects, on law enforcement regarding street crimes and national security.

“The situation has deteriorated significantly in recent years, and the current situation is untenable with millions of illegal entrants streaming across America’s southwest border,” Wrigley stated. “North Dakota is already experiencing negative law enforcement impacts due to the Biden Administration’s refusal to shut down the border, but my concern is that the worst is yet to come.”

Wrigley also pointed out the difference in drug prices at the U.S. borders, explaining that dangerous drugs like fentanyl are much cheaper at the Southwest border than in North Dakota, making the profit margins that can be attained by a trip to the state profitable and therefore more likely.

The hearing aimed to address how illegal crossings at the northern border are affecting residents and communities in North Dakota, with the state hosting 18 land ports of entry along its border.