130,000 Migrants Have Escaped Apprehension in 2021 So Far, Border Official Warns
Senior CBP leader reveals soaring 'got-away' totals for this year
A senior official with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has stepped forward to blow the whistle by providing startling data on the true flow of illegal migrants entering America.
Speaking on a condition of anonymity, the CBP source provided insider figures to Breitbart that show, in 2021 so far, over 130,000 migrants have crossed the border illegally and escaped apprehension by authorities.
Expressing frustration, the source cited the misplacement of Border Patrol resources in the southwest as the cause behind the recent surge.
Over the last two weeks, nearly 900 migrants per day have been eluding apprehension nationwide, according to the source.
In March, got-away totals surpassed 118,000 thousand for Fiscal Year 2021.
However, the CBP source reports that the total now exceeds 130,000.
The metric is usually not released by DHS, according to Breitbart.
It is achieved by counting illegal immigrants who ultimately escape Border Patrol apprehension after being observed by aircraft platforms and camera systems.
In addition, Border Patrol agents use traditional sign-cutting techniques to identify footprints where cameras do not capture the crossing.
"That’s where it gets tricky,” says one agent who did not wish to be identified.
"On a small trail, dozens can walk all over each other’s footprints, so you just do your best.
"Often, they’ll glue carpet to the soles of their shoes.”
Sources say the got-away count usually fails to truly reflect reality and comes up short.
This comes as CBP reports its highest apprehension totals since 2006.
The humanitarian needs of thousands of unaccompanied children has impacted the Border Patrol’s ability to operate in many remote areas.
This situation is likely to worsen as the crisis develops.
As Border Patrol agents are redirected to humanitarian aid to unaccompanied minors and staff newly opened facilities, the border itself is undermanned, according to the source.
Homeland Security is focused strictly on the optics of the border and not the underlying vulnerabilities, the source complains.
Despite the current administration’s refusal to call the immigration situation on the border a crisis, the recent surges are objectively concerning.
Many believe the impetus for the surges is fueled by the promise of amnesty legislation.
The administration’s new policies regarding lax interior enforcement and a reduction in removals are also believed to be contributing factors.