According to a horrifying report released by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan of Ohio and Immigration Subcommittee Chairman Tom McClintock of California, the Biden Administration’s Department of Homeland Security is failing to deport more than 99 percent of illegal immigrants arriving in the United States.
The data for the report comes from an expansive amount of time, from January 20, 2021, through March 31, 2023, and tracks what happened to more than five million illegal immigrants who arrived at the border over that time period.
According to the report, at least 2.4 million did not have a confirmed departure from the U.S. Further, the report provides that “DHS released at least 2,148,738 illegal aliens into the United States” and “Only 5,993 illegal aliens encountered at the southwest border and placed in removal proceedings before an immigration judge were actually removed from the United States during this time.” The report also notes that “An additional 205,473 aliens were released into the country through illegal categorical parole programs.”
Further, those who entered the United States were rarely even screened to see if they had a valid asylum claim that would be the basis for their non-deportation, with the report providing, “A mere six percent of illegal aliens released into the United States were even screened for fear of persecution for purposes of asylum.”
Continuing, the report noted, “As of March 2023, DHS had removed only 874 of the illegal aliens found to have a credible fear of persecution and whose claims were adjudicated on the merits and denied by an immigration judge.”
Summarizing the massive scope of the problem and what it shows about the Biden Administration’s policy, the report provides, “New data and information obtained by the Committee on the Judiciary and its Subcommittee on Immigration Integrity, Security, and Enforcement reveal that the Biden Administration has failed to remove, through immigration court removal proceedings, over 99 percent of those illegal aliens who have been released into the country under President Joe Biden. This information contradicts the assertions of the Administration, and the statements of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, that the southwest border is closed and illegal aliens are removed from the country quickly.”
Continuing, it notes, “These new data reinforce widespread concern about the state of the border. More than two and a half years into President Biden’s term, his Administration’s border crisis continues unabated. Publicly available information shows that encounters of illegal aliens on the southwest border surpassed 100,000 for the 31st straight month and total southwest border illegal alien encounters exceeded 2.2 million in the first 11 months of fiscal year 2023. In August 2023, encounters of illegal aliens at the southwest border skyrocketed to 232,972, and the unreleased encounter numbers for September 2023 will reportedly shatter previous records, exceeding 260,000 encounters in a single month. Meanwhile, more than 1.7 million known “gotaways” have evaded Border Patrol and escaped into the interior since January 20, 2021, with untold numbers of unknown “gotaways” avoiding detection during that period.”
The report ended by pledging further oversight of the situation, saying, “The Committee and Subcommittee will continue to conduct oversight of the Biden Administration’s radical, open-borders immigration policies. This interim staff report highlights the failures of President Biden’s immigration agenda and helps to inform the House on legislative reforms to secure the border, reform immigration law, and end the far left’s policy incentives driving the crisis at the border.“
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