Trump officials blame prospect of Biden win for illegal immigrant border surge

Trump officials blame prospect of Biden win for illegal immigrant border surge


Current and former border officials in the Trump administration warned this week of a surge of migrants to the southern border if Democratic nominee Joe Biden becomes president, adding that the tidal wave of arrivals has already begun.

Since April, the number of illegal immigrants, people arrested by Border Patrol at the U.S.-Mexico border for sneaking in, has tripled from around 16,000 then to 47,000 in September. An average of 1,500 people is arrested across the four southern border states each day, which is higher than the 1,000 figure that former Obama-era Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said indicated a “crisis” on the border.

“You’re seeing an increase on the border of attempted illegal entries because of the Biden effect,” Tom Homan, a three-decade federal law enforcement officer who led Immigration and Customs Enforcement from 2017 to 2018, told the Washington Examiner.

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“It doesn’t surprise me,” said former acting Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner

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