Northern Border Sees Record Apprehensions Amidst Biden’s Failed Border Policies

The U.S. Border Patrol’s northern sector has been witnessing a surge in illegal crossings, with apprehensions hitting unprecedented levels, raising more concerns about President Joe Biden’s open border policies.

In March 2024, the Swanton Sector, known as the busiest northern border sector, saw a historic high in illegal crossings, with 1,109 individuals apprehended, as per U.S. Customs and Border Protection data. This figure starkly contrasts with the mere 37 apprehensions recorded in March 2021.

Chief Patrol Agent Robert Garcia disclosed that the apprehended individuals hailed from 40 different countries, with India (408), Bangladesh (323) and Mexico (170) ranking as the top three countries of origin.

The apprehension rate surged even further in the subsequent weeks, with 492 illegal aliens detained from April 28 to May 4, surpassing the total apprehensions for the entirety of fiscal year 2021, which stood at 365 individuals, Garcia highlighted.

In a similar vein, the Champlain Border Patrol recorded a high of 220 apprehensions in a single week, marking a record for the Swanton Sector.

The trend of escalating apprehensions is evident across various timeframes, with Swanton Sector agents consistently surpassing previous records. In October 2023 alone, they apprehended 1,075 individuals, a significant increase from 25 recorded in October 2020.

Spanning 295 miles of the U.S.-Canada boundary, the Swanton Sector encompasses Vermont, six upstate New York counties, and three New Hampshire counties. Its terrain comprises 203 miles of land border and 92 miles along the St. Lawrence River.

Notably, the apprehension figures have steadily risen over the years. Fiscal year 2023 witnessed over 6,700 apprehensions, a record high for the sector, with a significant number of “gotaways” evading capture, comprising more than half of the total apprehensions.

Critics attribute the surge in illegal crossings to the Biden administration’s lenient border policies. Since fiscal year 2021, apprehension numbers have seen a dramatic uptick, escalating from 27,180 to 189,402 in fiscal year 2023.

The absence of physical barriers along most parts of the U.S.-Canada border compounds the challenge, with vast stretches remaining unmanned and unpatrolled, unlike the U.S.-Mexico border.

Despite these challenges, Border Patrol agents continue to emphasize their vigilance, with Chief Garcia commending the crucial role of local residents in identifying and reporting suspicious activities leading to apprehensions.