Hope and Chaos on the Border
Biden's reversal of Trump policies triggers record crossings, smuggling
It’s Joe Biden’s border crisis now.
Tens of thousands of migrants are surging across Mexico toward the U.S. frontier, most of them desperate Mexicans and Central Americans drawn by Internet rumors and traffickers’ false promises that the new president’s immigration reforms will welcome them to settle in the United States.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials reported Thursday that they had expelled, detained or arrested 78,323 migrants last month, up 6 percent from December and more than double the number in January 2020. Nearly 6,000 of the migrants intercepted by border officers trying to slip the border last month were unaccompanied children.
“It looks like we’re at the beginning of a bona fide migrant crisis like 2019,” says Todd Bensman, an Austin-based senior national security fellow with the conservative Center for Immigration Studies. “Family units, parents with children, are massing along the northern border of Mexico, then crossing in large groups, anywhere from 20 to…