There were 242,418 encounters last month, according to the latest figures released by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Friday.
The figures were released just days before Christmas, prompting House Homeland Security Chair Mark Green (R-TN) to declare that the Biden administration “wants as few Americans to see them as possible.”
“By strategically holding the release of these numbers until the Friday before Christmas, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is unabashedly showing the full measure of his duplicity,” Green said in a statement.
Green said he expected more records in the coming weeks, calling Mayorkas’ management of the crisis “cowardly.”
“December’s numbers, which will be released in January, are anticipated to be even more grim,” he said. “Fortunately, next month the Secretary won’t have a major holiday as a convenient shield to hide behind.”
migrant surge could occur in the coming months as border crossers hustle to reach the US before a new Texas law is set to take effect in March. Signed by Gov. Greg Abbott Monday, that legislation gives law enforcement officers in the state the power to arrest anyone suspected of entering the country illegally.