Senator Ron Johnson has presented figures indicating that under President Joe Biden, almost five million illegal aliens and border crossers have been allowed into the United States.
This is a foreign population that exceeds the populations of 28 states.
Senator Ron Johnson questioned Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas regarding the number of border crossers and illegal aliens that have been released into the interior of the United States, as well as those who have crossed the southern border since the beginning of 2021, during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Tuesday.
Despite being one of the most significant figures for American citizens and the US labor market, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does very little to accurately track and publish this information.
Senator Johnson stated that he has estimated the total number of border crossers and illegal aliens who have entered the US interior over the past two years to be between four to five million. This includes individuals who were directly released by the DHS, known and unknown got-aways.
“Somewhere between four and five million people during this administration have come to this country, but probably don’t qualify for asylum,” Johnson said.
“Basically, what we’re looking at is, 22 states have populations of less than four million people. 28 states have populations of less than five million people. That is the magnitude of the problem,” he added.
Senator Johnson’s estimation implies that the number of border crossers and illegal aliens who have entered the US interior since President Biden took office is significantly higher than the annual number of US births, which was just under four million in 2021.
For this and other issues, Johnson said, Mayorkas “ought to resign.”
Andrew Arthur, a resident fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, arrived at a comparable figure, concluding that a minimum of 3.4 million border crossers and illegal aliens have entered the US interior since President Biden assumed office and that DHS is likely unaware of hundreds of thousands more.
“That’s just 375,808 fewer people than live in Los Angeles, America’s second-largest city,” Arthur notes. “Add in the [unknown got-aways], and the migrant total likely exceeds LA’s population.”
The significant surge of border crossers and illegal aliens into the U.S. interior is benefiting big businesses, real estate developers, and Wall Street as it translates to lower labor costs, more consumers, and a higher demand for rental and housing properties.
Instead of encouraging sidelined Americans to return to the workforce, the Biden administration has opted to increase the number of foreign workers, thereby artificially lowering labor costs and benefiting employers.
During the fourth quarter of 2022, the number of native-born Americans working in jobs decreased by almost two million compared to the same period in 2019, while the workforce added nearly two million foreign-born workers.