As more than 500,000 illegal border crossers have become “got aways” since the beginning of fiscal year 2022, the annual count for migrant deaths at the southern border has already hit an all-time record, with three months left to go in the fiscal year.
Senior officials with the Department of Homeland Security told reporters on Monday that an average of 55,000 illegal migrants each month are evading capture by border law enforcement agents. Because there is no accurate way to count the number of persons who evade capture, the numbers could be substantially higher.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection records show that the total encounters for the fiscal year through May was greater than 1.5 million, with almost 240,000 during May alone.
The total number of encounters for all of 2021 was about 1.735 million. Through June, this year has now grown to more than 1.746 million encounters.
The number of migrant deaths at the border has also surged to an all-time annual record with three months left to go.
From last October through the end of June, there were 609 border deaths reported. That compares to the 12-month total of 566 in fiscal year 2021 that ended last September.
A Border Patrol official said that it has become a “daily occurrence” for illegal crossers to die. The agency now has around 19,500 agents responsible for covering almost 2,000 miles of open borderland.
This year’s death total includes the 53 migrants who tragically died last month in a furnace-like sealed tractor-trailer outside of San Antonio. That event marked the largest number of deaths in a single illegal alien trafficking incident in the nation’s history.
Since Joe Biden assumed office in January 2021, more than 1,000 illegal migrants have perished attempting to cross into the U.S.
In the last two full years of President Trump’s term, border death counts averaged 273 per year.
Rep. Mayra Flores (R-TX), who recently became the first Republican elected to Congress from her district bordering Mexico in more than 140 years, said that it is “time we fix our broken immigration system — but any reform efforts must begin with securing our borders.” She added that every illegal migrant’s death resulting from illegal and dangerous attempts to enter the country is tragic.
All the while, Joe Biden’s Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas insists that the nation’s southern border is “secure.”
Rep. Flores said that the Mayorkas claim is “not only intellectually dishonest but also an outright lie.”
One Border Patrol agent speaking on condition of anonymity said that “hundreds of thousands crossing every month is not the definition of secure.” He said that DHS officials “are liars and anyone who believes them are fools.”