Governor Kristi Noem said Tuesday that she is working with other Republican Governors “to secure our Southern border“.
What—is she trying to keep South Dakotans from leaving for better wages in Nebraska?
Noem’s May 16 missive says “The federal government’s recent decision to allow Title 42 to expire is expected to lead to record numbers of migrants being admitted into the U.S.”
Wait—if we’re admitting them into the U.S., then that’s not a security problem, is it?
But Noem appears to have missed the news: since the Biden Administration changed our border policy last week, crossings from Mexico into the United States are way down:
Migrant crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border have unexpectedly fallen, not risen, since Title 42 curbs expired and reinstating criminal penalties for illegal entry is likely the biggest reason, the Biden administration said on Sunday.
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said border patrol agents have seen a 50% drop in the number of migrants crossing the border since Thursday, when President Joe Biden’s administration shifted to a sweeping new asylum regulation meant to deter illegal crossings.
“The numbers we have experienced in the past two days are markedly down over what they were prior to the end of Title 42,” Mayorkas said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program. He said there were 6,300 border encounters on Friday and 4,200 on Saturday, but cautioned it was still early in the new regime.
Mayorkas credited the criminal penalties for migrants who illegally enter the country, which resumed under existing law after Title 42’s expiration, for the decrease in crossings. The COVID-era rule adopted under former President Donald Trump allowed officials to expel migrants quickly without an asylum process but did not impose penalties [Sarah N. Lynch and Tyler Crawford, “Migrant Crossings Drop at U.S.–Mexico Border After Title 42 Expires,” Reuters, 2023.05.15].
We’re only a week into the new Biden policy, but so far, the immigration spike she says she expects is about as real as the monumental border-security efforts she is able to mount from a thousand miles away from Mexico.