May 17, 2022

Study finds Biden admin catch-and-release increased by 430,000% in August

Since President Joe Biden took office in January, the situation at the southern border has deteriorated to an alarming degree, and a comparison recently undertaken by The Washington Times between the number of apprehensions and subsequent releases into the country’s interior during one month under the current administration and one month under former President Donald Trump shows just how much worse things have become.

In an effort to measure the impact of Biden’s efforts to reverse a number of Trump-era immigration policies, the Times took a closer look at apprehension and release data from August of 2020 under Trump as well as from August of this year, under the current president.

Over the course of August, 2020, Border Patrol agents carrying out Trump administration policy apprehended a total of 47,000 illegals and set a mere 10 of them free into the United States.

By contrast, this August, with Biden in office, over 195,000 apprehensions were made, and a staggering 43,941 individuals were turned loose into the nation’s interior, figures which, as the Times noted, represent a rise of 430,000%.

According to former acting head of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in the Trump years, those statistics are a stark indicator of the difference between having a border that is actually secure and an abandonment of proven strategies for preventing an unchecked migrant surge.

“If you tell the migrant they’re not going to be released, they’re not going to come. If a migrant knows they will not be released into the United States awaiting their immigration process, they will not come,” Morgan said, according to the Times.

The outlet further noted that border experts would likely attribute the difference in numbers to what is known as the “consequence delivery system,” meaning that if it is known among prospective migrant groups that they will either be detained or removed from the United States, they tend to stay home, but if they believe they will be apprehended, but then released into the interior, they come in large numbers.

But, with the Biden administration’s decision to do everything possible to undo Trump-era policies including the Remain in Mexico policy as well as other key tactics to halt the success of fraudulent asylum claims, the message was apparently sent loud and clear that now was the time for migrants to make their way to America’s southern border – and that is what they did.

As Morgan noted, the key to success for Trump’s overall immigration stance was that “it was supposed to have a deterrent effect…it stopped the flow. It was incredible. It worked,” but sadly, those currently in power show no interest in stemming the tide of limitless migration and continue to keep the proverbial welcome mat out for all comers.

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