Biden Faces Backlash Over 2.4 Million Surge in Migrant Population

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A staggering 5.7 million migrants have entered the United States via the Mexican border during Joe Biden’s tenure, according to Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE).

This record-breaking influx revealed through ICE’s ‘Release and Reporting Management’ program, marks a significant increase of 2.4 million individuals compared to the final year of Donald Trump’s presidency as reported by GB News on Friday, October 13, 2023.

The Biden administration appears poised to address the growing humanitarian challenges posed by this surge.

Local reports suggest that migrants may soon receive a range of benefits, including free medical services, food, and even housing, all at the expense of taxpayers.

The controversial program aims to oversee migrants using ankle tags, phone apps, and in-person check-ins, a move that former ICE director Tom Homan criticizes as a costly “welfare” scheme for non-detained migrants awaiting court dates.

Homan expressed concern, stating, “The RRM is just a push by the open border advocates to provide welfare benefits to six million people.”

He added, “They’re going to give legal assistance to illegal aliens at the taxpayers’ expense to fight the government.”

The price tag attached to this initiative is expected to run into billions, raising questions about its long-term sustainability.

The number of individuals on ICE’s national docket of non-US citizens has witnessed a sharp increase.

In 2022, the figure stood at 4.7 million, a significant rise from 3.26 million in both 2020 and 2019.

It’s crucial to note that these statistics exclude individuals being processed at the border or awaiting deportation, further underlining the magnitude of the crisis.

The Biden administration’s plan to replace the Alternative to Detention (ATD) program with the RRM has generated controversy and is anticipated to necessitate additional funding.

The ATD program, which utilized GPS and other technologies to track migrants, saw fewer than 200,000 individuals being monitored in the previous year.

Critics argue that this transition raises financial concerns and may not effectively address the challenges posed by the burgeoning migrant population.

Since assuming office in January 2021, President Biden has grappled with the intensifying migrant crisis, particularly at the US-Mexico border.

The US Customs & Border Protection agency reported over 2.76 million encounters in 2022 alone, underscoring the severity of the situation.

A further complication arose when Washington acknowledged losing track of 177,000 migrants after their release into the US, raising questions about the effectiveness of current immigration policies.

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