Border Security


Border Security

Immigration and border security are highly charged issues as Democratic presidents attempt to balance the enforcement of borders with humane approaches to immigration. One of the greatest challenges the Biden-Harris Administration has faced is the increase in illegal border crossing attempts as a result of political and economic instability not just in Mexico and Central America, but in Turkey, Russia, India and other Western hemisphere countries. Efforts to improve the U.S.’s immigration system have been limited by federal court rulings. That said, the Biden-Harris Administration has been very effective in securing the border.

 

What Have the Biden-Harris Administration and Dems Done?

 

  • Got Mexico to pay $1.5B for border security.
  • Caught 66 terror suspects at the border in 2022 – more than the previous 5 years combined.
  • Made the largest cocaine bust at the border in 20 years.
  • Seized 2x as much fentanyl at the border than under Trump.
  • Apprehended 340% more migrants were at the border in July 2022 than the previous 2016-2020 period for the same month.
  • On track to break last year’s record of 1.7M arrests at the border with 2.3M arrests at the border in 2022.
  • Arrested human smugglers in Central America which reduced border crossings at the southern border by nearly 14% from an all-time high in May.
  • Modernized ports of entry and technology used for border security which have resulted in 6 of the 7 highest monthly border apprehension totals and the two highest fiscal year totals.
  • Repaired Trump’s “impenetrable” wall which was in severe disrepair.

What Have the Biden-Harris Administration and Dems Done?

  • Strengthened Border Security. President Biden redirected resources from the border wall to invest in smart border security measures, such as border technology and modernizing ports of entry which are proven to be more effective at improving safety and security at the borders. In addition, the Administration has:
      • Repaired Trump’s border wall to reduce injuries to migrants and first responders, and to secure the border (Senator Mark Kelly specifically requested these repairs).
      • Canceled several border wall contracts and has also returned property to landowners who spent years fighting land seizures for the wall in court.
      • Tried to return to Obama-era policies that limit immigration arrests in order to focus on security risks instead of the more aggressive approach taken under the Trump administration. However, in July 2022, the Supreme Court refused to freeze a lower court order that blocked DHS from implementing the Biden-Harris Administration’s  proposed new immigration enforcement priorities. 
  • Enforced U.S. Immigration Laws. While the Biden-Harris Administration is working to expand pathways to legal immigration and citizenship, the Administration is also obligated to enforce existing laws and abide by federal court rulings.
      • As a result, enforcement of the US-Mexico border continues with apprehensions higher than under Trump: 6 of the 7 highest monthly border apprehension totals and the two highest fiscal year totals have occurred under President Biden.
      • In July 2022, border officials apprehended 340% more migrants than the previous 2016-2020 period for the same month.
      • On track to break last year’s record of 1.7M arrests at the border with 2.3M arrests at the border in 2022.
      • Further, despite Republicans claims that “millions” are crossing the border illegally, migrants “added just 247K people to the U.S. population in the year that ended in July 2021, the smallest increase in three decades and an amount equal to less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the country’s population.”
  • Collaborated with Mexico on border security. The Biden-Harris Administration is working with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador — who has agreed to contribute $1.5B — to modernize and improve infrastructure along key sections of the border, increase cooperation in addressing drug smuggling and human trafficking, and promote clean energy.
  • Cracked Down on Drug and Human Trafficking.
      • Caught 66 terror suspects at the border in 2022 – more than the previous 5 years combined.
      • Made the largest cocaine bust at the border in 20 years in August 2022.
      • Seized 2x as much fentanyl at the border than under Trump.
      • Arrested 240 human smugglers in Central America which reduced border crossings at the southern border by nearly 14% from an all-time high in May.

LAST UPDATED ON SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2022