The last four months have been a busy one for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection as they reportedly apprehended more than 200,000 people trying to illegally cross into the country. As ABC News reports, this figure is about an 85 percent increase over this same time last year.
According to the report, who cites an unnamed CBP official, many of those apprehended at the border were carried by bus in large numbers and dropped off near the border.
“A CBP official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told reporters that families are coming in large groups by bus, often several hundred people at a time and sometimes relying on social media to coordinate their trip north,” ABC News reports. “They are dropped at nearby highways sometimes several miles from a port of entry where they would have been able to claim asylum legally, the official said. One group of 320 people, for example, arrived Thursday at a remote part of the Arizona border near Lukeville. The official said the group was six miles from a port of entry.”
The official said the port of entry lacks the ability to process large numbers of asylum requests at once due to limited resources and is often unable to house a large number of apprehended individuals as well due to its limited spce.
“Our facilities first and foremost are not designed to house [the people]”, the official said, per ABC News.
Here’s more, from the report:
Some 12,000 migrants were referred for medical care in 2018, and the official said they expect that number to more than double this year to 28,000.
In December, the Department of Homeland Security announced a plan to require asylum seekers to stay in Mexico while they wait for their claim to be heard by an immigration judge. That policy has only been implemented in a small number of cases near Tijuana, although DHS officials say the plan is to implement it across the entire border. The move would almost certainly be challenged in court, however.
President Donald Trump has tried other ways to restrict asylum claims at the border but has been blocked by the courts.
Border arrests up 85% over same period last year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection says.
— ABC News (@ABC) February 9, 2019
As the Washington Examiner op-ed reports, Border Patrol agents arrested a convicted child molester and a member of the notoriously violent MS-13 gang earlier in the week as they sought illegal entry into the U.S.:
U.S. Border Patrol agents said Thursday that they apprehended several illegal immigrants at the southern border in Texas, in places where there are no physical barrier walls to deter illegal crossings.
Among those caught crossing into the U.S. were a Mexican man with a previous conviction in Georgia for child molestation, a Honduran man with a record in North Carolina showing a conviction for “Indecent Liberties with Child,” and another Honduran male with a Florida record that identified him as a member of the violent MS-13 gang.
President Trump seemed to pivot on the immigration issue during his State of the Union. While he has always opposed illegal immigration and his administration often scores record-breaking apprehensions of illegals, the president cheered and promoted more legal immigration.
“Legal immigrants enrich our nation and strengthen our society in countless ways,” Trump said via Breitbart. “I want people to come into our country, in the largest numbers ever, but they have to come in legally.”
Here’s more, also from Breitbart:
Currently, the U.S. imports more than a million legal immigrants annually, with the vast majority deriving from chain migration, whereby newly naturalized citizens can bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the country. In 2017, the foreign-born population reached a record high of 44.5 million.
The U.S. is on track to import about 15 million new foreign-born voters in the next two decades should current legal immigration levels continue. Those 15 million new foreign-born voters include about eight million who will arrive in the country through chain migration. This booming legal immigrant population has not only rapidly shifted the demographics of the nation, but research indicates it will hand over all electoral dominance to Democrats in a matter of decades.
Mass legal immigration has come at the expense of America’s working and middle class, which has suffered from poor job growth, stagnant wages, and increased public costs to offset the importation of millions of low-skilled foreign nationals.
Trump’s off-script comment, though, seems to be his preferred immigration stance, as he is now telling reporters he is doubling down on his mass legal immigration statement, claiming there will be a labor shortage if we don’t admitt more legal immigrants.
“We need people in our country because our unemployment numbers are so low and we have massive numbers of companies coming back into our country,” Trump reportedly told the media.
“I need people coming in because we need people to run the factories and plants and companies that are moving back in,” Trump said. “We need people.”
Trump’s immigration policy papers from his 2016 presidential campaign called for an immigration moratorium until the nation was at full employment.