Fact Check: Did Biden Really Reduce Illegal Immigration by 90%?
According press sec. Karine Jean-Pierre, illegal immigration is down 90% because of Joe Biden's policies. She attributes this decline to the Biden administration's focus on creating a more humane immigration system.
However, the facts show a different story. Border apprehensions have increased significantly since Joe Biden took office, and Border Patrol officials have reported a surge in illegal crossings in recent months.
Many critics argue that the Biden administration's reversal of Trump-era policies, such as ending the "Remain in Mexico" program, has contributed to the increase in illegal immigration.
So, what is the truth about illegal immigration and the Biden administration's policies?
First, let's look at the numbers. According to data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, border apprehensions have increased every month since Joe Biden took office. In April 2021, CBP encountered over 178,000 illegal immigrants, which was the highest monthly total in over 20 years.
Furthermore, Border Patrol officials have reported a significant increase in the number of illegal crossings in recent months, with many migrants being released into the United States without being screened for COVID-19 or having their backgrounds checked.
Despite these facts, Karine Jean-Pierre claims that illegal immigration is down 90%. She argues that the Biden administration has focused on creating a more humane immigration system and has worked to address the root causes of migration from Central America.
While it's true that the Biden administration has proposed a comprehensive immigration reform bill, it has yet to be passed by Congress and it's not guaranteed to work either. And while the administration has taken steps to address the root causes of migration, such as increasing aid to Central American countries, it remains to be seen whether these efforts will be successful in reducing illegal immigration.
It's clear that Karine Jean-Pierre's claims are not supported by the facts. While the Biden administration has proposed a more humane immigration system and has taken steps to address the root causes of migration, illegal immigration has actually increased since Biden took office.