Border Patrol Apprehended ~43,000 UNDOCUMENTED migrant families just in February
Wow, and that’s just in February. And Border Patrol is really doing a rough job at the southern border to prevent illegal crossings and detain those who stray in greater numbers than ever before.
We really need a wall in these places. We need a thick, strong, barrier between the United States and Mexico to prevent these crossings from taking place. We want people to come into our country legally, not barging in here like’some kinda’ wild animal. What is so hard for Democrats to understand about that? Leave it to the corrupt media to twist our words with bad intentions.
Chron reported that the “number of mostly Central American families and children illegally crossing the southern border reached a record level for the fourth time in five months, with agents apprehending about 43,000 families and children in February, border enforcement officials said Tuesday,
For the first time ever, families made up 65 percent of all migrants detained between ports of entry and the surge of arrivals in recent months has overwhelmed federal facilities and the agents processing them, even as some said the Trump administration’s policies are partly to blame.”
The El Paso sector, which stretches into a remote part of New Mexico, has experienced the most acute increase, officials said, and two Guatemalan children died in U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody there in December.
In all, more than 76,100 migrants crossed the border without authorization at or between ports of entry in February — more than double the number from the same period last year and the most in any February since 2007.
The startling high in the shortest month of the year in which cold weather typically has meant fewer crossings, suggests the trend is expected to increase during the summer months when migration usually rises.
“The system is well beyond capacity, and remains at the breaking point,” said CBP Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan, during a news conference in Washington D.C. announcing the new figures. “Regardless of anyone’s preferred policy outcome, the status quo is unacceptable.”
Though overall illegal border crossings have fallen significantly to about 396,600 in 2018 from a peak of 1.6 million in 2000, the changing demographic of who is coming has placed unprecedented strains on border authorities.
Until October, the majority of migrants coming here illegally were single Mexican adults who usually could be deported quickly. Now, the majority consists of families and children — largely from Honduras and Guatemala — seeking asylum.
The Trump administration has blamed federal laws and legal settlements that prevent authorities from quickly deporting most Central American families and forces their release from detention after 20 days, usually with a notice to appear in the critically backlogged civil immigration courts.