New GOP Report Says Biden Admin May Have Lost Track of Millions of Migrants

GOP report says, "Customs Enforcement officers have been compelled to forsake arrests and removals of aliens, including criminal aliens." (Image by Midjourney)

In a recent interim report compiled by the GOP House Judiciary Committee staff, the Biden administration is under scrutiny for purportedly struggling to monitor millions of migrants who have unlawfully traversed the southern border, amidst soaring monthly encounters.

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The 61-page document, which has been shared with Fox News Digital, reveals that over 2.2 million illegal migrant encounters were recorded at the U.S.-Mexico border in the initial 11 months of fiscal year 2023.

The data further unveils that the federal government has “no confirmed departure” for an excess of 2.4 million migrants encountered since January 2021.

The report asserts, “Because of the unprecedented border crisis, some Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers have been compelled to forsake arrests and removals of aliens, including criminal aliens, to manage the illegal aliens who have arrived at the southwest border.”

It also attributes the Biden Administration’s policies and enforcement ‘priorities’ to diminished arrests and reduced removals of aliens.

The Judiciary Committee report discloses that southwest border encounters have surpassed 100,000 for the 31st consecutive month in August, a figure that has been sustained every month since President Biden assumed office in January 2021.

Separate border data indicates that border encounters surged to over 260,000 in September, marking an all-time high.

Moreover, the report includes data showing that, since January 2021, over 1.7 million known “gotaways” have eluded U.S. Border Patrol, entering the United States, while potentially millions more unknown “gotaways” have also infiltrated the country.

The term “gotaway” refers to a migrant observed making an unlawful entry into the U.S. but is not apprehended.

Under President Biden’s leadership through the end of March, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has reported over 5 million border encounters. Of these, 2.46 million had “no confirmed departure” from the U.S., implying the migrant “likely remains” in the country.

In response to the report, a White House spokesperson told Fox News Digital, “This so-called report is full of lies from House Republicans who continue to play politics while sabotaging President Biden’s work to ramp up enforcement and personnel at the border.”

The spokesperson added that the president had requested $4 billion from Congress to deploy additional troops and border agents, install new support officers with upgraded equipment, and fund “new detection technology” to intercept the flow of fentanyl across the border.

The spokesperson emphasized that “House Republicans have refused to act on this request and provide DHS the tools to safely and humanely manage the Southwest Border, they have been pre-occupied posturing and bickering.”

Since the lifting of the Title 42 public health order on May 12, the administration has “removed or released” nearly 300,000 migrants, and there have been over 3.6 million repatriations and expulsions since January 2021, according to the spokesperson.

Furthermore, while the government’s processing for migrant cases can take up to eight years, a proposal to expedite processing by enabling U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officers to adjudicate claims was indefinitely paused earlier this year.

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