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

Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2019
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The 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.”

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Mike IN LOONEY LAND
Mike IN LOONEY LAND
3 years ago

BRING ON the 2ND Coming.
There is ONLY one answer to mans predicament.
It is either Judgement or Salvation
SAD that that America has come to what it is today.
Putting Transgenders in Office is just the start.
Too bad what happened when the Angels came to
LOT’s home does not happen today.
Wouldn’t that be (maybe) a wake up call for all this rebellion.

Cate
Cate
4 years ago

As the man said “Good fences, make Good neighbors.”
This country has fences all across America, on its highways, in its commuity (gated, parks, etc}, privacy fences in countless homes. How many of those voting against the fence disallow their own fences and fences of those they love?

Paul C.
Paul C.
4 years ago

With the Political purpose that I see in Washington D C, it should be abundantly clear why they want gun control. By the way I want Patricia McPhail as my neighbor, in place of the democrat that is there now.

Wesley Poulin
Wesley Poulin
4 years ago

Open your eyes before it’s to late. Democrats just want the votes. We need to stop ilegal immagrants and control access to our country. To much abuse from politicians and ilegals. We will lose this country in 10 years if we don’t stop them NOW. Term limits for these monsters. Every previous President ignored the on going problem.

Free America by STOPPING the invasion now!

Charles Pulaski
Charles Pulaski
4 years ago

An invasion that has started years ago. Red Dawn in a new form.

Richard Graham
Richard Graham
4 years ago

Paging Senator Susan Collins of Maine… now paging Senator Susan Collins of Maine. Please read the important facts in this article and stop opposing President Trump on this issue as he works to make our country more safe.

Sergio Olivares
Sergio Olivares
4 years ago

There is no question in my mind-that the “WALL” on our border-line with Mexico. President Trump He promised a “New Deal” to the American people to lead to a new-era of progress, prosperity and changes in polices, it’s purpose was and it-is,–“Verily clear, America Fist.” ,But He have to solve a puzzle! __A problem and a very-old-one, still there ,, the illegal immigration and waling-out our south border-line it’s moreover important that ever-before…”Good fences make good neighbors.” –Robert Frost The Mexican people love and cheer and celebrate the first day of spring year-after-year and me too! But for Mexican patriots is something more the 21, day of March is very especial is the…”Birthday of Benito Juarez.” “The Great President of Mexico>” I hopeful many of you love Juarez’s most famous Quote’ like selfsame!…I Do.. “Entre los Individuos, como entre las Naciones, el respeto al derecho ajeno es la Paz.” ,-Meaning of Juarez’s Quote’ .. “Among individuals, as among Nations, the respect of others rights is Peace.” “If we have no borders, we have no Country.” –Donald J. Trump Please … “We are a Nation of Law and Order.” I believe most Americans want to keep-it that way…I just like you and manny , am simply American who believes that our laws should be enforced–not ignored.!.. Your-partner in fight for.. ,”America First.”_

Art Ward
Art Ward
4 years ago

The US already has an overload of deaedbeats looking for a handout! The bankkrupt Democrates have no ideas and in search of votes have strayed far from the foundations of our country layed down by the founding fathers. The only way the Dems can get votes is to continue to import more and more ignoant dependents on goverenment handouts to keep them in power. It’s not wonder the Dems are openly turning socialist, they have esposed socialism for generations! Young people are increasingly being fed this garbage by the liberrals clogging our public schools and universities. Stop this nonsense and teach the truth about socialism. To remain on the present course of liberal dominated education media is to doom the America for which many of our forefathers layed down their lives!
Stop deadbeat wellfare, and uus it to build the wall – NOW!!

Don Domrath
Don Domrath
4 years ago

I don’t understand why we can’t send the whole Congress down to our Southern border to get a first hand look at the crisis. It seems that they have no problem flying all over the world to other areas of concern but are ill informed or don’t want to be educated about our own problems. Those few that have made the trip are usually enlighten to the crisis facing this country. I feel that it would be money well spent.

Kitty L Carty
Kitty L Carty
4 years ago

I hope the Republicans that vote against Trump need to be voted out of office! Anyone that doesn’t think there is a border crisis is ignorant. Everyday there is someone killed, beat up, raped or assaulted in some way that are from illegals. Stop open borders and communism before the Democrats make it any worse!

SweetLadyMary
SweetLadyMary
4 years ago

We protect other countries from invasion, why can’t the military protect our borders with forces if necessary. We need to stop this madness! Stop giving the illegals the means to come into this country now. As a taxpayer, I am tired of supporting the illegals. We should be ensuring that our American retired people have enough to live on, that our military veterans are taken care of medically and financially, and that our homeless are helped. Instead we give the illegals, food stamps, educate their numerous children, provide medical care at no cost, and allow them to use fraudulent paperwork to work in this country without paying taxes. How fair is this to the American citizen?

Carol
Carol
4 years ago

Dems are effectively giving the country away. Shame on the republicans who side against President Trump as he tries to do good for this country. Shame on you Rand Paul, Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins & Thom Tillis. I’ll certainly remember your names!

doc
doc
4 years ago

Build OUR wall!

Rich J.
Rich J.
4 years ago

We need to bus the illegals into the communities of the socialist elitists and flood their towns and communities. It might help for them to see the light. At the very least it would make or break their supposed acceptance of their own policies. Any elected official that will not stand for our national security does not deserve to hold a public office. That would drain the swamp!

Todd Wingard Taylor
Todd Wingard Taylor
4 years ago

Lets side step congress, depoliticize the wall issue and collect enough money to build it privately; hey, it could be a tax write off. I am will to contribute.

Jose
Jose
4 years ago

BUILD THE WALL AND CRIME WILL FALL!!!

rick cramer
rick cramer
4 years ago

Come on everyone call these Senators and hammer them. What does a crises look like to them.? Good ol’ Rand Paul, a purist to the death, literally

Marilyn Tyler
Marilyn Tyler
4 years ago

Stupidity is filling our leaders. We need to protect American citizens first and foremost. Build the WALL NOW!

Teri
Teri
4 years ago

Building the wall is essential in protecting American people, our laws, our resources, and establishing our country’s boundaries in a legal and responsible manner. Trump is not the first president to support the walls, but is by far the most resisted. Border walls are historical worldwide for 1000’s of years and insure regulated, law abiding admittance and return to and from any country. I’m all for immigration as long as it’s legal and I urge everyone to read the declaraction legal immigrants make when becoming legally naturalized citizens. The massive illegal immigration into this country is an assault and insult to everything this country was founded on. Becoming an American citizen means you want what this country has to offer and are willing to contribute to this country, leave your previous one behind or stay there. No judgement, but don’t recreate your previous country in this one. Why bother coming? I admire and respect all those that have come here legally, contribute to this society and pledge their allegance to this country. No one has to leave their heritage behind. We all have one because most of us are immigrants or parents or grandparents were, but we unite under one flag, one government, a Democratic Republic, and enjoy the freedoms many have fought for, been injuredand suffered for and died for. Unite as one country under one flag and enjoy what has been achieved thus far and can continue to grow unless backbiting, divisive influences lead too many astray from the reason we love this country and the freedom few other countries offer or you wouldn’t want to be here. Consider watching the documentary Death of a Nation. It is well worth the time and has much to teach us. Be alert, watchful and don’t be deceived.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
4 years ago

Shut down all immigration immediately until we have a a border wall, pass sane immigration policies,ensure enough Border Patrol and technology to control and patrol our borders. Begin a PSA campaign to make awareness of the huge cost of illegal immigration to our nation and to its people. It is a matter of justice for the American citizens for as Augustine stated: “Charity is no substitute for Justice withheld.” The American People are not being treated justly with the current border situation. Wake Up America!

Todd Wingard Taylor
Todd Wingard Taylor
4 years ago

Are we a nation of laws? If not, I guess I do not have to stop for red lights anymore; this law is inconvenient and in it direct conflict with my personal agenda. When we ignore to enforce the existing laws, which our country has done for the passed few decades, regarding the issue of immigration, which is design to protect not only it’s citizens but also those who wish to legally immigrate to our country, we have just created a disaster waiting to happen; so goes the law, so goes the country we so love and have been blessed with. Shame on us who have dropped the ball with regards to defending and treasuring the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the blood of those who have given so much to defend it. Its time to stand for what is right: obey the laws, defend the Constitution and build on biblical principles that honor God. Yes, I acknowledge that we do not have a Christian government but we do have a nation founded on Christian principles; that have worked for over the centuries; check out our country’s history. Oh, that’s right we not longer acknowledge the Christian-Judeo influence it has had on shaping our history. Could that fact explain why we have young adults who support Socialism and open boarders? Lets stop all this madness before we no longer have a country to save. All countries have sovereign borders; does this make them “racist” indeed NO! Cross over any other boarder, in any other country and watch their laws be enforced. It is long past time to take this country back from those who wish to destroy it. I am not against those who wish to immigrate to our nation but it must be done legally. We have seen the enemy and it is us, let us take a closer look at ourselves; let us take a loving stand for what we know is right. God bless America!

Betty Garber
Betty Garber
4 years ago

Why not have these experts testify before Congress to shame them into allocating money for a wall?

Fixer48
Fixer48
4 years ago

To the Socialists (aka, Dems) it’s all about power (voters = power) and having more people that are dependent on the government. To the RINOS it’s all about greed (more profit for business by having a huge pool of cheap labor).

Jacqueline
Jacqueline
4 years ago

The liberal leftists are promoting the destruction of America for the CFR, the Trlateral Commission and the Bilderbergers whose orders come from the Rothschilds, Rockefellers, Warburgs and moreike them.

Pat
Pat
4 years ago

This would have been a good video to share with other non-believers; however, starting it with Trump chanting “Build the Wall” would be an immediate turn-off for that target group of people and they would not watch any further. Consequently, this video instead just becomes preaching to the choir. Very good video other than that. We need videos that change minds, not turn them off.

S Shaw
S Shaw
4 years ago

Shoot them immediately. This is an invasion. Act of war against America. They will turn around quickly.

Barbara and David Ritchie
Barbara and David Ritchie
4 years ago

We need to keep our country safe. Build that wall.

Don
Don
4 years ago

With 66K arrests, we must think about how many there were who were not caught. BUILD THE WALL!!!

PapaGrouch
PapaGrouch
4 years ago

To Paul, Murkowski, Collins and Tillis: nice going, traitors. We recognize your votes for what they are: Treason. The interests of this nation and her citizens are your jobs. The job of the federal government, among other things, is to protect our borders from foreign invasion. Get your collective selves back and start doing the job you’re being paid to do and were elected for by American taxpaying citizens, and representing the interests of our own people and knock off this leftist ideological practice of the treasonous democrats and media.
You digust me.

Thomas H
Thomas H
4 years ago

But… but, the “unbiased” media says that there is no border crisis, and “if the media says it, then it must be true”.

Diana Puckett
Diana Puckett
4 years ago

The corrupt left are invested in keeping the border open. They want there cut of the drug money, the trafficking of children and other things that profit them.

stu
stu
4 years ago

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 very securely.
Americans stop voting these idiots into Office you are just as much to blame.

Dolores Adams
Dolores Adams
4 years ago

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.

Linda Gruber
Linda Gruber
4 years ago

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.

chaly
chaly
4 years ago

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.

Donald Cook
Donald Cook
4 years ago

I’m sure we can get a few hundred thousand volunteers to go down and guard our borders. Hell! They’ll even bring their own ammo. It’s really odd how the Democraps have no problems killing our babies, but don’y dare try to keep illegal kids out or the doo will hit the fan.

Phyllis Poole
Phyllis Poole
4 years ago

Start the thought that the aliens are coming because they like our president so much.
The democrats will have much to suffer in being voted out when all these illegals get to be legal voters and our great president gets voted in for a 2nd term because of them!!! And more like him after that. !!!!
We can and will inform them how to get legal and be able to vote in people like Trump !!!

Michael Cozzi
Michael Cozzi
4 years ago

Build the wall

Jean G.
Jean G.
4 years ago

If the conservatives had got off their buts midterm we would not be facing this, what the hell did they think was going to happen when the dems. Were and are so rabid after losing in 2016???
Well that’s water under the bridge now. But you “oh so smart “ people better be ready for 2020. Or I might be wearing a burka in 2021 And I’m far to old for that.
I was born in 1937 the beginning of WW11 over there so I’m not wide eyed about these communists were bringing in
I’m a naturalized American citizen.

Steve
Steve
4 years ago

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 .

Jackie Kinsley
Jackie Kinsley
4 years ago

What is the monetary cost PER PERSON of each illegal entering the United States?

Chuck
Chuck
4 years ago

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.

Barbara
Barbara
4 years ago

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

Jim humble
Jim humble
4 years ago

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
Ron
4 years ago

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!

Rick
Rick
4 years ago

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.

Mike Ferris
Mike Ferris
4 years ago

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!”

Michelle
Michelle
4 years ago

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

John Saggio
John Saggio
4 years ago

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!”

Press ONE for English
Press ONE for English
4 years ago

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 we have the radical, extremist left in charge of the house and the media I don’t see any relief coming on that front unless OUR President starts 1. Publicizing in detail the problems with our current laws and 2. offers changes that will make things right.

Until then we are stuck with a highly imperfect wall as out best defense.

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