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Illegal Border Crossings Hit 10-Year High as Officials Warn of ‘Breaking Point’

illegal border crossingsThe U.S. border with Mexico is at a “breaking point,” Trump administration officials say, with arrests of illegal immigrants surging to record levels.

In February, border agents arrested more than 66,400 people for entering the country illegally, the highest number recorded since 2008.

“This situation is not sustainable,” Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said in a press conference Monday. “The system is well beyond capacity and remains at the breaking point.”

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen outlined the latest numbers in an appearance Wednesday before the House Homeland Security Committee, now controlled by Democrats.

“This is a crisis — pure and simple — and we need to respond accordingly,” Nielsen said in her prepared statement. “We cannot stand idly by as our border security is further compromised and our immigration laws are exploited.”

The Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee also held a hearing Wednesday to examine border security.

The latest numbers come as President Donald Trump makes his case for his declaration of a national emergency to secure funding to build and add to barriers along the southern border.

McAleenan said the increased flow of illegal immigrants presents “both a border security and a humanitarian crisis.”

Since 2014, the number of families arriving illegally has increased dramatically. This poses a difficult challenge for Border Patrol officials, who have been clear they don’t have the infrastructure to respond to the influx of families—specifically children.

According to statistics released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 26,973 unaccompanied children have arrived at the border since Oct. 1, when fiscal year 2019 began. This is a 54 percent jump from the same period last year.

The number of family units apprehended increased by 338 percent, with 136,150 families apprehended since Oct. 1, compared to 31,100 over the same period the previous year.

The Democrat-controlled House last month voted to block Trump’s emergency declaration, with 13 Republicans joining them.

The measure now moves to the Republican-controlled Senate, where the president faces an uphill battle.

At least four Republican senators—Rand Paul of Kentucky, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine and Thom Tillis of North Carolina—have vowed to vote with Democrats to block the president’s emergency declaration.

The U.S. border with Mexico stretches for more than 2,000 miles. Securing it, experts say, is only a start to addressing the crisis.

“The huge upsurge in illegal border crossings shows that we really do have a crisis and a national emergency at the border,” Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal in an email, adding:

“There is no doubt that illegal aliens are attracted by what they’ve seen and heard about the sanctuary policies being implemented by states and cities to obstruct immigration enforcement; the ability to abuse asylum policies; and the misinterpretation of federal law by the courts that allows families with children free rein to be caught and then released into the interior of the country, where they can disappear and face no consequences for their illegal actions.”

Reprinted with permission from - The Daily Signal - by Kelsey Harkness

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Michelle

The Republicans who are voting against the president need to be voted out of office.

BajaRon

The left has an overriding agenda to completely and utterly destroy the nation they hate the most, America. They will do anything and go to any lengths to accomplish this task. The Democrat Party and the Main Stream News Media are willing accomplices in this endeavor. They are lying to the American people hoping to keep the deceptions alive until such time as they have enough power to where they can openly pursue their goals. They just need a few more votes and they will have it. And they will get them any way they can. Including manufacturing them with illegal voters, dead voters, and just plain printing them out and magically ‘Discovering’ them when needed.

Once we lose this country, we will never get it back.

John Saggio

Come on guys, you know that there is no such thing as a crisis. It is all a fabrication of your mind, according to the know everything Democrat’s and the media.
We need to start some type of grassroots group to show the world that the regular Americans want a wall and do not want any type of aid given to ILLEGAL immigrants.
Period ,the END!!! Tell “Pillosy” and “Shoemuck” that we , the American people are fed up with their politics and want a return to the congress and senate working for us, not the illegal immigrants!”

Barbara

BUILD THAT WALL AND ENFORCE THE” LAWS OF THE LAND” REGARDING IMMMIGRATION ENTRANCE.

Shirley

PRAY, PRAY, pray!!! God created this wonderful country and with George Washington, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and many, many people looking for a place to worship our God in peace and freedom. And God answered their PRAYER!!! Now the government and many leaders are trying to throw it ALL away. All those young men (and young women) who fought for, and WON, that freedom have died in vein.

Mike Ferris

We have been protecting so many countries to insure that they are safe and have their safety but for some stupid reason we have lost track of our own beautiful country. Unrest in our streets and illegals walking in like they own our country making demands on us to help them because their home is so screwed up. Well I’m telling all of you if we don’t get control of what is going on soon we will be having such a mess that we will never be above water and drowning in our own stupidity. We all need common ground and put our differences aside and do something to help ourselves have less conflict in our “Land of the Free!”

Jim humble

Republicans had the house and the senate yet with all the Progressive Liberals in the republican party is the reason the right things never gets passed!!!!

Ron

Where are the LEADERS OF OUR COUNTRY IN CONGRESS? We don’t have hardly any! So I want to thank those that are doing NOTHING, thank you! Why not DO YOUR JOB YOU WERE HIRED TO DO, are you just a bum & want to get paid for NOT DOING YOU JOB? The AMERICAN people WANT THE BORDER CONTROLED!
I want to THANK THOSE WHO ARE KEEPING THEIR WORD & STAND UP FOR THE CONSITITION OF THE U.S. & KEEP US SAFE & SECURE OUR BORDERS!

Stephen Russell

Solutions: Hire Mercenary Militia Units for defense, X Train for building wall, Send Undercovers into Mexico side for Intel.
Hire contractors to lay wire on route, sensors.
Use drones to overfly & alert BP of crossings.,connect to ranchers in NM AZ area north of wall.
Bounty on Cartel leaders??
Name names in DC etc aiding cartels.
Or nothing gets done.

Bryn

We need a wall of lead; lock and load!

Rick

The “dimocrats” are hell bent on destroying the country. We have arrived at a crossroads in American history.
The question is; Do we meekly surrender all we hold dear, or do we fight for what we believe in? If we don’t fight
for it now, there won’t be a second chance. Thanks to our founders for the second amendment.

Chuck

What is needed is the political will to stand and fight against the “aggression” of the Murder Party (Democrats) and the “weak kneed” RINOS who aren’t supportive of God or Country. The breaking point isn’t only on the border, it’s in country as well.

Press ONE for English

I have always had (and still have) the greatest respect for Senator Rand Paul. That said, I have to disagree with him on this issue. He makes a good point, funds should be allocated by congress and executive actions raise a troubling precedent. But what to do if congress refuses to do its job? This rule must not be inflexible. So while his position is based on thought and logic, unlike his beanbrain stablemates, I think he needs to revisit the issue and apply the “greater good” principle. That said, we have to realize that the wall is in no way a solution to the immigration issue. It may provide some temporary relief, and it is most important as a tangible symbol of our changing attitude toward immigration, but without revamping our utterly mad immigration laws and policies, nothing much will change. The problem is, of course, so long as… Read more »

Phil

Beside illegal drugs coming from Mexico at epidemic proportions.

Steve

Land of the Free and not so much home of the Brave . The World wants to come to America even the Commies and I am afraid the majority come now for themselves and not to contribute and betterment of America as a whole like are forefathers .

Linda Gruber

When are the Democrats going to uphold our laws and defend the boarders? When are all the politicians going to earn their tax payers salary? Its time the citizens take back this country from the political anarchy we currently live under.

Michael Cozzi

Build the wall

stu

A total disgrace, I understand that a percentage of these people want to have a better life, but the bulk are uneducated,criminals, who just look for a free ride. We cannot accommodate this garbage of humanity we have plenty of them in the country already. I believe we need to go after there politicians stop sending money to these countries where does the money go. Do you ever see a malnourished politician and poorly dressed. I also believe it is the left who sponsors these people on there journey. we need a wall. also why does no one talk about the daily expense of these people crossing the border,it must be in the millions. Shame on the Democrats/Rhinos/Republicans why don`t they see the problem. When you have people here working 3,4 jobs to support this garbage. Pelosi has a wall around her property in Cal. and most of them life… Read more »

chaly

A big part of this problem is sanctuary places in our country, which should be illegal. My suggestion is that anyone who gets hurt by any illegal, especially in those areas, should sue them for millions of dollars and let the courts decide if they have a right to protect illegal immigrants who break the laws. I know of some cities on the west coast who vote for it but don’t tell their citizens they did.

Dolores Adams

I am reading a book now called “America Extinguished” and it’s very enlightening, It was written by Sa Imuel T. Francis. I’ve had it for quite awhile and am just now getting to it. In a very small town of El Cenizo of about 3,000 people, the dominant language was Spanish. It forbid the leaders of the town to talk about the immigration status of all the any resident there. This was on September 3, 1999, so I don’t now if this town still exists.

These kinds of things must be stopped. You and tell by the date above how far I am on my reading. As far as I”m concerned, it these people really want to become citizens, they have to go through the process, learn English and every other thing that is required of everyone to become a citizen.