Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released its October 2023 monthly update and they did so earlier than usual. That is likely because this federal government is trying to take a victory lap, though the numbers prove that a victory is nowhere in sight.

Actually, the Biden administration does tell you the truth, but they are slapping a lie on top of it and calling it a birthday cake. So let’s take a look at some of the bow-tied lies we’re being fed.

The October press release states that the month’s numbers “show an overall decrease in migrant encounters along the southwest border.” While there is a decrease in comparison to August and September, the amount of encounters should not be as high as it is, and it wouldn’t be—if we enforced the laws that are already in place.

In October 2023, U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) recorded 188,778 encounters between ports of entry along the southwest border. CBP’s total encounters along the southwest border in October were 240,988.

The press release claims that they “have significantly reduced irregular migration & denied smugglers the opportunity to exploit individuals who have instead benefited from the expansion of safe, orderly, & humane pathways.” Try telling that to the Texas communities that are facing an increase in human smuggling tragedies, often ending in car crashes and even deaths—not to mention an increasing amount of stash houses and fentanyl seizures.

But while CBP is claiming a false victory, DHS’s own 2024 Homeland Threat Assessment claims that “TCO’s almost certainly will continue to smuggle drugs into our country while also exploiting migrants for financial gain.”

While Americans demand that the federal government do something to stop the crisis and protect our communities, President Joe Biden insists that cities overwhelmed by the burden should instead receive more tax dollars to integrate thousands of migrants into their societies.

The administration insists to the American public that its policies at the border are creating safe and human legal pathways into our nation. In reality, those “legal pathways” are just the administration letting people stay in the country, even though they have no legal right to be here. For example, since May 2021, the U.S. government has granted humanitarian parole to over 57,000 Mexican nationals though few, if any, Mexicans have valid claims to asylum.

I have to agree with my friend Judge Art Arthur at the Center for Immigration Studies, you can ignore any references to actual enforcement made by the Biden-Harris regime. His analysis found that 468,035 inadmissible aliens who had no right to enter the U.S. were granted parole in fiscal year 2023.

Last, but certainly not least, is the lie that this administration is working towards funding border security. In October the White House released a funding request for “strengthening border security and enforcement.” Sounds legit, right? Too bad it isn’t.

What the funding really will do is speed up processing of migrants, not slow the flow or stop it. More importantly, it will further incentivize people to put their lives in the hands of cartel smuggling operations, thanks to a false hope of legal pathways at the expense of American taxpayers.

To add a little more salt to the wound, the White House is even requesting reimbursement to the Department of Defense “for its support provided along the southwest border.” Last I checked, the DOD’s “enduring mission is to … protect the security of our nation.” Meanwhile, the state of Texas has been forced to spend a record amount of money in an effort to secure the Texas-Mexico border, insisting for reimbursement from the federal government for their lack of action in securing our nation. Unfortunately, that reimbursement is nowhere in sight. Instead, the federal government has chosen to demonize Texas and continues to scorn every step the state takes towards improvement.

Unfortunately, the cost of this crisis is increasingly being felt by Americans across the country. A report by the House Homeland Security committee revealed that the range of costs inflicted by the border crisis cover everything from emergency medical care to increased demands on law enforcement to housing and shelter benefits for illegal aliens.

Despite DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas repeatedly reiterating that the border is secure, the numbers prove that is not. The federal government can sugar coat the truth all they want, but the lies will only continue to break down our national security. Let’s just hope it doesn’t take another 9/11 for real action to be taken.