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According to the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), there were 302,034 total encounters at the U.S.-Mexico border in December.
If that sounds like a lot it's because it is.
In fact, it's a record.
The Border Patrol also said the overwhelming majority of those encounters - 249,785 - were between ports of entry on the border.
Which means they were likely trying to enter illegally.
The Hill reports:
Troy A. Miller, a senior official for CBP, said in a statement Friday that officers continue to enforce immigration laws at and between ports of entry and are working with Mexico along the shared border.
'CBP continues to use all available resources to ensure the safety and security of our agents and officers, and the migrants who are often misled and victimized by the transnational criminal organizations,' Miller’s statement said. 'But as we have repeatedly said, CBP and our federal partners need additional support from Congress so that we can continue to effectuate consequences for those who do not use established lawful pathways...'
The numbers come at a time when Congress is still negotiating a critical border deal that has been in the works for months. Former President Trump has attempted to kill the border deal that’s in the works to deny President Biden a legislative win over the controversial surge in immigration and border security.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are unhappy about the attempt, as it stalls aid for Ukraine in its war against Russia.
These are insane numbers, largely due to inaction by this White House.
Look at this. It's pure chaos.
The saying is true: A nation without borders isn't a nation.