Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) on Monday, Feb. 22, expressed his concern about President Joe Biden’s immigration policies, which are causing an exponential increase of illegal aliens entering the United States through the southern border, but particularly called attention to the large number of children under 17 years old unaccompanied by their parents trying to enter.
Biggs, in an interview with NewsMaxTV, warned about what is happening on the U.S.-Mexico border since Biden implemented the new immigration policies to relax border controls.
According to Biggs, the new measures created a clear “incentive” for illegal immigration, which has led to “a massive increase in unaccompanied minor children” crossing the border.
An increase of unaccompanied minor children at the border
In line with what many border city authorities have been denouncing, Biggs said, “What we’re seeing right now is an increase in the number of people being apprehended every day.” He added, “So when I talked to Border Patrol agents, which I did just two days ago, they’re slammed right now. We’re talking 6,500 people a day being apprehended.”
What is even more worrisome is that there is at least a one-to-one of people evading the agents. So there would be another “3,000 people more or less entering the country every day, and entering illegally,” according to Biggs.
Another issue, no less alarming, is that of the children and adolescents who enter the country illegally, especially those who enter unaccompanied by their families, a large number of them belong to the dangerous gangs that abound in Central America, such as the notorious MS-13.
Gangs increased recruiting
“We’re also seeing a massive increase in unaccompanied minor children, many of whom right now are the age 15- to 17-year-old category, which tells us that we’re starting to see the reintroduction of MS-13 and other gang members into the country. That’s what’s happening, real time, at the border.” Biggs said.
During the Trump administration, there was a concrete policy of eradicating gangs within the United States and enhancing efforts to prevent their entry.
In fact, former President Trump signed an executive order in 2017 to direct the federal government to fight transnational criminal organizations, including MS-13. Attorney General Barr said in a statement at the time, “In 2017, the President directed the Department of Justice to go to war against MS-13, and we did just that.”
According to official data, thanks to the construction of the wall on the southern border, the flow of illegal underage immigrants from Central America was reduced between 2019 and 2020 by up to 77%, and this impacted the possibility to recruit new MS-13 gang members inside the United States, taking into account that children without families are the gang members’ favorite target to incorporate into their ranks.
Unfortunately, the new progressive guidelines are leading to a reversal of all the progress made in immigration matters during the last four years, in which the goal was to receive controlled, legal immigration with guarantees.