Smart Chart: A Border Crisis That Keeps Getting Worse
For the past few weeks, the media has been consumed by the spectacle of red state governors sending migrants to blue states. But this is a symptom of a serious problem: The number of migrants apprehended while attempting to enter the U.S. has spiked since President Biden took office, topping 1.8 million so far this year — more than four times the total for 2020. In addition, the number of what U.S. Customs and Border Protection calls “gotaways” — migrants who successfully entered the U.S. who CBP are no longer actively pursuing — is also on the rise.
Far too many Democratic and Republican leaders are choosing soundbites and theatrics instead of buckling down to address a national crisis that, as the Smart Chart below shows, keeps getting worse.