Though the Biden administration has spent the last couple of months downplaying the deteriorating situation at the southern border, recent reports suggest that the influx of migrants actually known to state and local authorities represent just one facet of the dangerous scenario being allowed to unfold.
According to the Washington Times, the number of “gotaways” – illegal entrants who succeed in eluding detection as they make their way into the country – has more than doubled since last year, a clear indication that wave of unchecked migration into the United States is far larger than most Americans realize.
Authorities on the ground are sounding the alarm about this escalating trend, with Sheriff Joe Frank Martinez of Val Verde County near the Rio Grande saying, “People are coming in by the droves,” also suggesting that the official numbers of “gotaways” reported by the Texas Department of Public Safety are probably far too low.
As the Washington Times notes, while a great deal of attention has been focused on the wave of unaccompanied minors coming across the border in recent months, local officials suggest that an even greater security risk is posed by the influx of individuals who are never even apprehended at all, making their way into the country’s interior without ever being stopped.
An unnamed official from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) told NPR that the rise in “gotaways” observed by surveillance cameras and sensor equipment in recent weeks has been exacerbated by the fact that enforcement officers have had to concentrate on processing the massive number of migrants being held in border detention facilities.
President of the National Border Patrol Council, Brandon Judd, agreed, telling the Times that Mexican smugglers are taking advantage of the fact that federal authorities are currently overwhelmed by the influx of youth at the border in order to focus on sneaking drugs and other migrants across the border at points where they are less likely to be caught. Back in 2015, current Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Majorkas also admitted that the number of actual apprehensions – currently at record highs – is a “strong indicator” of overall attempts, including those made by “gotaways.”
Investigative reporter Sara Carter told Fox News earlier this month of the true danger the current scenario poses, indicating that border officials worry that a portion of those who cross undetected are suspected terrorists, as was the case with two Yemeni nationals on the U.S. terror watch list who were apprehended near Calexico, California.
In addition to the aforementioned national security risks posed by unapprehended migrants, there is a local toll being taken as well, with an observed rise in violent confrontations between area residents and illegal entrants seeking to evade capture. One Texas school district cautioned parents that their children could be in danger while walking home at the end of the day, and dangerous high-speed car chases involving smugglers have become commonplace, resulting in serious injury and death, according to the Times.
It is well past time for the Biden administration to take action to stem the tide of migrants coming into the country because, whether they are the result of a misguided attempt to reverse Trump-era immigration policies or a deliberate push to import legions of future Democrat voters, the consequences of the current approach are dangerously unacceptable.