by Eric Lendrum
On Wednesday, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that it had intercepted 834 unaccompanied illegal alien minors at the southern border, the single largest such number of children apprehended under the Biden Administration thus far, the New York Post reports.
Officials with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had previously estimated that over 19,000 illegal minors were caught at the border over the month of July, surpassing the previous record of 18,877 in the month of March. The months seen then have seen numbers ranging from 14,000 to 17,000, marking a total of over 84,000 from March to July.
In addition, the number of illegal minors being held in CBP custody has more than quadrupled since May, when only around 635 children were being held; by Wednesday, that number has risen to over 2,784. The 30-day average of child apprehensions has increased to 512 per day.
Under Biden’s orders, any unaccompanied illegals under the age of 18 are ordered to be handed over by CBP to Health and Human Services (HHS), where they are tested for COVID-19 before being handed over to a sponsor somewhere within the country. To this end, HHS has reallocated over $860 million to their efforts to accommodate illegal minors.
These numbers indicate that the border crisis is ramping up and shows no signs of slowing down. With thousands of illegals flooding into the country every single day, immigration remains by far the issue on which Joe Biden’s approval ratings are the lowest. Biden actively campaigned in 2020 on a platform of granting mass amnesty to illegals, as well as giving illegals taxpayer-funded benefits such as free healthcare and free education; this rhetoric has directly led to a historic spike in illegal immigration numbers over the last six months.
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Eric Lendrum reports for American Greatness.