Biden Aims to Shut Down Border Once Crossings Reach 4,000 Per Day

File photo, via Border Patrol.

By Steve Neavling

President Biden plans to implement executive measures that would enable him to close the U.S.-Mexico border when migrant crossings hit 4,000 per day, The New York Post reports

Biden intends to use an executive order to limit the border crossings.

The Senate voted down a bipartisan border bill in February that would have given Biden authority to remove migrants once border crossings reach 4,000 per day. 

Under the bill, the Homeland Security director would have been given discretionary authority to expel migrants. But the bill would have required deportations once the crossings reached 5,000 per day over a one-week period. 

It’s not yet clear when Biden’s administration plans to announce his executive order plan. 

An average of 5,990 migrants were stopped at the southwestern border per day in April. That doesn’t include so-called “gotaways.”

Border crossings typically decline during the summer when the heat is intense. But last year, border crossings reached an average of 4,819 a day in June, 5,919 in July, 7,515 in August, and 8,991 in September. 

More than 10,000 migrants are currently in custody nationwide. 

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