Biden’s dangerous open border policies are record-breaking in all the wrong ways

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President Joe Biden wrapped up a record-breaking twelvemonth resulting successful a deadly humanitarian toll of drugs, devastation and implicit dereliction of work astatine the southwest border. In fiscal twelvemonth 2022 (October 2021-September 2022), this medication achieved grounds numbers of terrorists encounters astatine the border, copious amounts of drugs seized, and a litany of different tragic consequences driven by politically motivated argumentation decisions. While this calamity has compounded and unfolded, Biden ne'er recovered the clip to sojourn the southwest borderline to look the devastating results of his partisanship but alternatively has managed to walk 236 days successful his location authorities of Delaware oregon connected different vacations portion successful office. While the president refuses to admit the erosion of America’s sovereign border, Vice President Kamala Harris, appointed arsenic the administration’s "border czar," falsely insists the borderline is secure.  

The past fiscal twelvemonth topped the charts for galore records with deadly consequences for border information and the American people. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recorded an unprecedented 2,766,582 border encounters nationwide, not including the astir 600,000 gotaways who evaded Border Patrol and different instrumentality enforcement. 

Even much chilling, CBP encountered 98 individuals attempting to illegally transverse successful betwixt ports of introduction who are connected the U.S. Terrorist Watch list. This is triple the fig of imaginable terrorists encountered implicit the past 5 years combined. 


A record-breaking fig of imaginable terrorists wasn’t the lone menace encountered astatine the borderline arsenic CBP seized a record of nearly 15,000 pounds of fentanyl past fiscal twelvemonth unsocial — capable to termination each man, woman, and kid successful the United States 10 times over. 

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas has been criticized for the administration's borderline policies. 

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas has been criticized for the administration's borderline policies.  ((Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images))

Equally arsenic tragic, CBP saw a record 856 migrants past fiscal twelvemonth who were abandoned by quality smugglers and died as they attempted to transverse the Southwest border. 

There person present been seven consecutive months and nine total months past twelvemonth wherever migrant encounters exceeded 200,000. In fact, successful September, CBP saw a staggering 227,547 migrant encounters, different historical grounds for the books. 

Moreover, determination has been an summation successful the travel of illicit drugs flooding the nation, starring to yet different grim grounds nether the Biden medication arsenic the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that implicit 109,000 Americans person died owed to a cause overdose successful a 12-month play ending successful March 2022. 95 percent of synthetic opioids seized by CBP are trafficked crossed the southwest borderline and each 5 minutes, an American dies from a cause overdose. Drug poisoning is present the leading killer for Americans ages 18-45 years old. 

The profitability of cause trafficking is lone emboldening cartels further arsenic they enactment to grow their market. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) precocious warned that cartels person added a caller tactic, targeting their poison astatine children with "rainbow fentanyl," which comes successful a assortment of colors and shapes and tin beryllium packaged to look similar candy. 


Cartels employment blase tactics to determination their drugs past Border Patrol, including utilizing migrants arsenic decoys by sending groups crossed the borderline to crook themselves successful to CBP and distract agents. When the cartels cognize they person a bully accidental of evading borderline authorities, they nonstop implicit migrants who privation to summation introduction to the United States without detection, including pack members, criminals, quality traffickers and cause smugglers. 

While demonized by precocious level members of the Biden medication and understaffed and overworked owed to the president’s unfastened borderline policies, the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol are moving tirelessly against each likelihood to support our state harmless and secure. The actions of the Biden medication are enabling and facilitating the galore mentioned tragedies facing the United States, and the president, the vice president, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas, and Chris Magnus, commissioner for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, indispensable beryllium held accountable for the consequences of their actions. 


Despite the administration’s attempts to hide past fiscal year’s borderline data, these numbers should erase immoderate remaining uncertainty that what the Republicans person been saying for the past 2 years is right: the borderline is not unafraid and the borderline is open. The American radical merit information and information and a Congressional bulk that volition present existent solutions, not unsafe policies that weaken instrumentality enforcement and unfastened our borders. A Republican bulk successful the House, if it happens, volition present that connected time one.  


Republican John Katko represents New York successful the United States House of Representatives wherever helium is the pb Republican connected the House Committee connected Homeland Security.