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Noem Expects More Border Crossings; Biden Change Leads to Fewer Border Crossings

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.


  1. Donald Pay 2023-05-18 08:37

    When it comes to this issue, I’m pro-human. Borders are and always have been artificial constructs. Humans are and always have been a mobile species. Borders? We don’t need no stinking borders. You can put up a fence or a wall, but humans will find a way around or over or through it.

    When climates change, people are going to move. When there are earthquakes, people are going to move. When there are oppressive tyrants or violent warlords, people are going to move. When there is crushing poverty and hunger, people are going to move. It’s been that way throughout history. Plan for it, but don’t don’t try to stop it. You can’t.

  2. Mark Anderson 2023-05-18 09:04

    Well Cory, its the SSS party, Soros, Security and Stupidity. The GOP is long gone, replaced by trans busters, book blockers, history white washers, immigrant imbeciles, AR 15 worshipping “alphas” who love taking women’s rights away. It’s sunk soooo low with fear mongering and resentment, what can any rational being do but vote them out of existence?

  3. Loren 2023-05-18 09:11

    Last I heard, John Thune is still talking about “building that wall.” No word yet on him getting Mexico to pay for it. @#$%^&*!

  4. O 2023-05-18 09:20

    For our GOP friends, pro-life certainly doesn’t apply to any people outside the borders of the US. The only life worth valuing exists only within our national borders. Certainly there is the emphasis on “Nationalist” for our Christian Nationalist theocrats. Thank heavens Jesus was an American.

  5. Mark Anderson 2023-05-18 11:10

    So O, your saying what the Magas believe. Trump is Jesus in Merica.

  6. John 2023-05-18 13:32

    Noem and her “border zealots” are fools. The US needs workers. The US needs young families. So long as congress refuses to address immigration – the next best thing for the US economy and partial solution to the holes in our demographic pyramid is immigration from Central America.

    The US birthrate fell 20% since 2007. The US base population is incapable of filling its demographic hole and is on a path to age out its population.
    Immigration is the only solution. Soon enough the cities that realize these holes will dedicate public resources to family friendly endeavors like publicly supported daycare, etc. Cities that encourage families will thrive, or at least stabilize. Cities that continue ignoring families will wilt and die.

  7. P. Aitch 2023-05-18 15:16

    Republican News From Florida – Disney today announced they pulled the plug on an upcoming investment of 1B and 2000 new jobs. DeSantis policies have caused there to be almost zero interstate truck drivers to export the state’s citrus. Even drivers with fully legal green cards won’t come into the state.

  8. Arlo Blundt 2023-05-18 17:00

    Yes, Mr. Aich..I noticed that when I visited the South this winter…lots of Mexican trunks and Mexican truck drivers…the mountains near Chattanooga are littered with various truck parts from where the trucks brakes failed and they took out a hundred yards of guard rail..a real destruction’re close to Apalatchacola and the “old Florida” ..modern development hasn’t struck the mainland there being isolated to the barrier islands…nice drive down to Crystal Springs where the Manatee frolic in the city park.

  9. Richard Schriever 2023-05-18 19:33

    A few years ago, I worked on a solar energy project in Florida. Turned out the biggest contribution I made was due to my limited fluency in Spanish. No one else on the crew could have explained to the drivers delivering cement where to drive and how to approach the equipment. Mostly Cuban and Dominican drivers – one exception was Puerto Rican and spoke as much English as I did Spanish at the time.

  10. Lucy M 2023-05-20 14:00

    Commenting on the note from “O.” The only life of value is not JUST within the borders of the United States, but ALSO within the body of a woman!

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