There has been a dramatic increase in the number of people crossing the southern border illegally into the United States since President Joe Biden took office in January 2021.
More than seven million individuals have crossed the border unlawfully since Biden took office.
The numbers for fiscal years 2021 and 2022 were 1,734,686 and 2,378,944, respectively. An estimated 29 million people are in the nation illegally, according to a study from the House Homeland Security Committee.
A new demand for mass deportations of illegal immigrants currently present in the United States has been added to Donald Trump’s campaign. His plan is to speed up the deportation of undocumented immigrants without providing them with due process hearings by using statutes such as the Alien Enemies Act of 1798. Accusing Trump’s proposal of being “dangerous,” “an insult” to the Constitution, “racist,” and “cruel,” Biden’s 2024 campaign has slammed the president’s policies. Although it was “impossible” for the Obama administration to deport millions of Mexicans, the Biden administration was able to do so with ease.
Beginning in the early 1950s, when the Bracero Program authorized legal entry to the nation for Mexican laborers to labor on American farms in southern border states, the United States began to see an influx of illegal immigrants. Many farmers, however, hired illegal immigrants since the Bracero Program couldn’t meet the demand for inexpensive labor in the United States.
During the war, illegal immigration reached unprecedented proportions; by 1951, the Commission on Migratory work, appointed by President Harry Truman, found that illegal immigrants comprised about half of the country’s migratory agricultural work force.
“Operation Wetback,” a deportation effort devised by the Eisenhower administration, started in June 1954 in Arizona and California but quickly spread to other states along the southern border.
Due to insufficient financing for the INS, the operation was halted in the autumn of 1954, despite successfully deporting around 1.1 million illegal immigrants. While fewer people were apprehended at the southern border between 1956 and 1964, the real problem with border security almost 70 years ago was a lack of political will, not that were not enough troops or money.