The US Immigration Customs and Enforcement has released its Annual Report of the 2023.
The results are alarming.
They have just revealed that the backlog of aliens inside the United States awaiting decisions has nearly doubled under the Biden administration to more than 6 million and the arrests of suspected terrorists and violent offenders have also exploded.
The year-end report, released Friday, from U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement showed nearly every measure of illegal immigration rose substantially in 2023, candidly admitting the southern border’s being overrun by millions of illegal crossers has taken a major toll on the agency.
From the report: “While ICE carefully prioritized its resources to meet these evolving mission needs and agency personnel continued to perform at a high standard, these increased demands have strained a workforce that has remained relatively static for the past decade.”
Millions have come into the country and have overwhelmed cities like Chicago and New York.
ICE reported the number of illegal immigrants kept in detention increased 40.1% from 26,299 in fiscal year 2022 to 36,845 by the end of the 2023 fiscal year.
The number of illegal immigrants that have permitted into the country without being detained with court dates sometime in the future, jumped to 30.3 percent in 2023 in excess of 6.2 million. Almost double the 3.26 million total in the last year of Trump’s presidency.
The report indicated that the majority came from the Southwest border where illegal crossings have surged to as many as 12,000 or more a day, overwhelming crossings at Eagle Pass, Texas and Lukeville, Arizona and forced the shutdown of rail transport in numerous locations across the Southern Border.
In early December, the Biden administration was forced to close ports of entry at Eagle Pass, Texas; Lukeville, Arizona; and San Ysidro, California stopping rail, vehicular and pedestrian crossings.
Administrative arrests rose sharply in 2023 to 170,590, with more than 43% of those apprehended having some sort of criminal conviction or pending charges.
“There were 290,178 charges and convictions for an average of four per individual,” the report noted. “These included many serious charges or convictions for offenses, such as 1,713 charges or convictions for homicide; 1,655 for kidnapping; 33,209 assaults; 4,390 sexual assaults; 3,097 robberies; 6,964 burglaries; and 7,520 weapons offenses.”
Expulsions of high-risk illegal immigrants by ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations climbed to historic levels, according to the report. “In FY 2023, ERO removed 3,406 known or suspected gang members, an increase of 27.7% compared to FY 2022, and 139 known or suspected terrorists, a 148.2% increase compared to FY 2022.”
Overall, ICE completed 142,580 deportations in 2023, nearly doubling the prior year’s tally. But the number is still a small fraction of the nearly 2.5 million illegal crossers encountered at the southern border alone. The agency also removed only 212 unaccompanied minors in FY 23, despite 137,275 arriving at the southern border, the report indicated.
There are as many as 85,000 unaccompanied minors, in which the administration has no information as to their location.
ICE reported that the cost paid by their office for health care for detained and non-detained illegal immigrants approached $352 million in 2023.
If you would like to read the full ICE’s annual report: ICE Annual Report
Article by Murray Edwards