UPDATED 7:10 AM PT – Saturday, April 3, 2021
A new report shows migrant apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border has reached a 15-year high.
According to preliminary data published by Customs and Border Protection on Friday, more than 170,000 border crossings were recorded in March. This marked a major uptick from the 78,000 crossings documented in January.
— Senate Republicans (@SenateGOP) April 1, 2021
The data also shows more than 18,000 minors were apprehended at the border, which is a 60 percent increase from the previous record in May 2019.
This came as the Biden administration struggles to stem the flow of illegal immigration at the southern border, leading to migrant children being held at temporary facilities far longer than the law allows.
During an interview with Breitbart, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) shared his take on the crisis. Cotton said the illegal immigrants he talked to admitted their asylum claims were illegitimate and part of a plan to exploit economic benefits in the U.S.
“I talked to so many of these migrants, you know, on the side, they did the dog and pony show with a bunch of other senators. I grabbed a border patrol officer who spoke Spanish. We went, we just talked to some of them sitting on the benches waiting to be processed I said, ‘where are you from? How long did it take you to get here? Why did you come?’ And to a person they said, ‘I came to get a job,’ or, ‘I came to get together with my husband or my wife or my boyfriend or girlfriend who’s here and has a job.’ Not a single person claimed a genuine claim of asylum,” Cotton explained.
Cotton went on to criticize the Biden administration for preaching an open border message to migrants, filling them with false hope.
“There’s nothing moral and there’s nothing virtuous about Joe Biden’s rhetoric and policies that have induced these young women and these young children to make a very dangerous journey across almost 2,000 miles of Mexico to get our border on the hope that they will be admitted into our country and given legal status permanently,” Cotton said. “That’s simply not the case.”
In the meantime, GOP lawmakers are pushing for a congressional hearing on the crisis at the southern border, to have officials from the White House testify over their handling of the situation.