The following statement was issued by Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in response to Friday’s release of the July Customs and Border Protection encounter data:
“Despite the happy talk coming out of the Biden administration, claiming that their policies have reduced illegal immigration, the July Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data show precisely the opposite. Overall CBP encounters in July were 245,286, up from 238,929 in July 2022. Even Southwest Border encounters between ports of entry – which had been artificially reduced because the administration has been massively abusing its parole authority to allow many inadmissible aliens to enter – rose sharply in July, even as temperatures soared into the triple digits.
“By every metric, illegal immigration increased last month – at the Southwest border, the Northern border, unaccompanied children, family units and single adults. In the 30 months that President Biden has been in office, there have been 6.9 million CBP encounters and 1.7 million known gotaways. Outside of the people who work at the White House, there is no one who would consider 8.6 million people entering our country illegally to be a successful, sustainable, or rational policy.”