When thinking about illegal immigration, immigration from Central America typically comes to mind. However, more and more immigrants are coming from countries beyond our neighbors directly to the south of us:
Undocumented crossings at the U.S. southern border have long been dominated by people from Mexico and Central America — but for the first time since at least the turn of the century, migrants from other nations made up the majority of those stopped by authorities.
Most of these other migrants are from farther flung countries within Latin America, like Venezuela and Colombia, a sign of how post-pandemic economic pain is being felt throughout just about every corner of that region.
A stark example of this broader Latin American migration is that both Brazilian and Venezuelan encounters at the U.S.-Mexico border shot up 43% and 92%, respectively, since June. . .
The trend toward expanded migration to the U.S. from across the globe extends beyond Latin America, albeit on a smaller scale. Migrants at the U.S. southern border identified by Customs and Border Protection from specific nations outside Latin America reached 5,026 in August, nearly three times the number from a year ago.
As Senator Ted Cruz pointed out, this trend is an obvious byproduct of the Biden Administration's open border policies.
Unfortunately, our foreign enemies are taking advantage of the lack of law and order. A record number of known terrorists have been encountered during fiscal year 2022.
Terrorist encounters at the southern border SKYROCKETED because of Joe Biden’s open border policies.— The RGA (@GOPGovs) September 25, 2022
The country is facing a national security crisis that our President ignores.
Despite all of this, President Biden still has not visited the border.
Reminder: Joe Biden has never been to our southern border. #BidenBorderCrisis— GOP (@GOP) September 26, 2022
As long as the Biden Administration continues its dangerous immigration policies, the burden of protecting our southern border will fall on Republican states who value law and order.