With the massive attack by Gaza and Hamas across Israel’s heavily secured border, Congress is focusing more attention on the U.S. southern border.
Ninety-nine percent of the illegal migrants who have been released into the United States since January 2021 have not been removed, a new study by House Republicans found. The data may explain why 1 of every 100 people now living in the United States illegally entered from Mexico since the Biden inauguration.
House Judiciary Committee chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Immigration Subcommittee chairman Tom McClintock, R-Calif., published a report that showed how the Biden administration and Department of Homeland Security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas have been downplaying the border crisis despite the extraordinary numbers.
At least 2,148,738 illegal aliens were released into the country from President Joe Biden’s inauguration to March 31 this year, according to their findings, and only 108,102 have been removed from the country by immigration authorities. Of those removals, DHS deported only 5,993 illegals through official immigration-court proceedings, accounting for less than 0.3 percent of the total number of aliens released.
Furthermore, of the more than 5.6 million illegal aliens encountered at the southern border during that 26-month period, at least 2,464,424 had no confirmed departure from the United States as of March.
“These data contradict Secretary Mayorkas’s statements that the southwest border is closed and that illegal aliens are ‘quickly’ removed,” the report said, according to “National Review.” “Instead, with more than 99 percent of illegal aliens staying inside the United States after being released by the Biden administration, there is virtually no enforcement of our immigration laws.”
Notably, only 6 percent of illegal immigrants were found to have a legitimate fear of persecution in the past two years, debunking Mayorkas’s claim they are just asylum-seekers looking for a new home.
The committee findings come as the Biden administration announced last week that it was planning to resume direct deportations to Venezuela and allow for more construction of the border wall in an effort to curb the record influx of illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice