Nobody knows how many undocumented immigrants live in the US. However, rough estimates show that their number is between 10 and 30 million, or 10 percent of the country’s population.
Hundreds of thousands flooded the nation’s borders last year as COVID restrictions were lifted. The current government lacks political will to resolve this crisis and the influx of illegal aliens has reached catastrophic proportions.
For example, since Joe Biden became president (2021), 3.8 million immigrants have come to the country. According to the New York Post, nearly half of them entered illegally but were not caught. The number of such is estimated at 1.5 million.
That’s in line with a TRAC (Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse) report from the Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University, New York. Data shows: 2,345,600 people in the US have received subpoenas from immigration courts in the past three years.
They are issued to people who enter the country and surrender to Border Patrol and Customs to seek asylum, NYP experts explain. If they believe they have a case, a hearing will be scheduled, but this can take several years to happen. A judge will decide whether they can stay or be deported.
In fiscal year 2023, which runs from 01.10.2022 to 30.09.2023, DHS has issued more than 1.23 million such notices. These figures are far from complete.
Border Patrol and Customs estimates that over the past three years there have been more than 1.5 million so-called “refugees” — people who have crossed the border and been detected or captured. Moreover, these numbers have been steadily increasing each year: in May 2023, the US Border Patrol reported that there had been more than 530,000 such cases this fiscal year.
That’s down slightly from the 600,000 reported by DHS last year, but up significantly from the 389,000 in 2021.
Today’s statistics remain unclear. Experts told NYP that with less than 10 days left until the end of the fiscal year, the total is far from definitive as immigration numbers rise.
In addition, more than 180,000 subpoenas were issued in August, a 19% increase over the record July of nearly 152,000 similar notices. TRAC said the number of such cases has long exceeded the capacity of American justice system. As a result, approximately 2.7 million cases have been processed in immigration courts.
After crossing the border, migrants are assigned to different states. However, alarming statistics reveal that four states were hit hardest by the crisis last year: Texas, which took in 70,475 people; California, 165,186; Florida, 152,048; and 145,690 immigrants in New York, NYP concludes.
Authorities are announcing new measures to deal with the influx into American cities. For example, ABC News reports that the Department of Defense will send 800 personnel to assist 2,500 National Guardsmen on the southern border. But this is unlikely to solve the problem. It’s increasingly common to hear claims that the current immigration system is not working.
A state of emergency has been declared in Eagle Pass, Texas, after 2,500 migrants arrived in one day. Chicago is also fighting an influx of illegal aliens and has set aside $29 million to build tent cities for them.