The email starts out with a couple of factual whoppers. It claims that ‘the trend of border apprehensions in May is a reduction of individuals (unique encounters) and families below the peak in 2019’. The White House is apparently counting it as a win that over a third of individuals encountered by CBP have attempted to recross the border multiple times. Perhaps it should be taken as a warning, not a victory, that migrants view American border security as so weak that they are willing to reoffend.
The overall encounters paint an even more grim picture. According to Border Patrol data, border apprehensions reached their peak in May 2019 with 132,856 encounters. That number was over 180,000 in May 2021. In fact, the total number of border encounters in Fiscal Year 2021 has already surpassed the total number of encounters in Fiscal Year 2019, and there are still months left to go.
The White House goes on to claim that the surge is caused by ‘seasonal trends’ rather than their removal of policies that disincentivized illegal migration.