Even as the Biden administration attempts to downplay the deleterious impact of runaway illegal immigration across the southern border in recent years, mounting evidence proves how serious the situation has become.
At first, Republican officials, particularly in border states, sounded the alarm in hopes of convincing the White House to enact stricter security and immigration law enforcement. Now that even so-called “sanctuary cities” led by far-left Democrats are up in arms over the toll that undocumented immigrants are taking on their resources, the Biden administration is finally interested in taking some steps to address the problem.
Of course, the proposed action does not include the increased funding for border security and immigration officials for which congressional Republicans have long pleaded. Instead, President Joe Biden wants billions of dollars to fund temporary housing for the immigrants who have inundated cities across the United States.
In total, the emergency funding request totals about $40 billion and, if approved, would give migrants access to shelter that, while not as ritzy as the hotels being used to house them in New York City, would afford them with far more freedom of movement than detention facilities.
A Department of Homeland Security official described the plan, explaining: “Migrant family members would be able to come and go as they please during the day, but would be required to check in and stay the night on the campus. We do not view this as family detention.”
The White House has attempted to shift the blame onto Republicans for the ongoing border crisis, but those efforts have largely fallen flat. A survey earlier this year found that more than two-thirds of likely U.S. voters believe the situation at the border is a crisis, and an overwhelming majority of that group reported that the Biden administration is primarily responsible.
The Biden administration is asking Congress to approve a temporary housing program for migrant families that ILLEGALLY cross the southern border.
Would you rather see that money go to helping our veterans?
YES or NO?
— The Trump Train 🚂🇺🇸 (@The_Trump_Train) August 11, 2023
Meanwhile, a staggering number of illegal border crossings are being registered across the U.S.-Mexico border, particularly in Arizona. With 40,000 arrests last month alone, the Tucson sector marked its highest rate in about 15 years.
Last month, there were more than 130,000 migrant arrests along the entire border, representing a spike of well over 30,000 compared to the prior month.