Portman Calls on Biden Administration to Act as Migrant Crisis Continues to Worsen

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued the following statement after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released operational statistics for August 2021 regarding the crisis at our southern border: 

“Once again, CBP operational statistics show that we are seeing the worst unlawful migration crisis in more than twenty years. The Border Patrol has now made more than a million apprehensions of unlawful migrants since President Biden took office. CBP reported more than 208,000 total encounters at the border in August, quadrupling the number from last August. This includes more than 86,000 migrant family members, a four percent increase from last month; more than 103,000 single adult migrants, which comprised nearly half of all encounters; and nearly 19,000 unaccompanied children. 

I look forward to Secretary Mayorkas’ testimony at Tuesday’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing and the opportunity to ask him when the administration will change course and address this surge of unlawful migrants. I urge the Biden administration to take action because the migrant crisis is a direct result of its decision to dismantle the previous administration’s policies with no consideration of the historic influx it would incite.”