Migrant Apprehensions through the Roof in May / Is Tariff Threat Working?

The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has announced that it apprehended 144,278 illegal migrants on our southern border in May.  This represents a 44% increase over the number taken into custody in April, a number which itself was astronomical. The chart below illustrates the jump over the same period in previous years.

More than 100,000 of those apprehended were members of supposed family units (adults traveling with minor children said to be theirs) or unaccompanied minors.  According to existing laws and policies, should such “FAMUs” claim asylum status, they will necessarily be turned loose in America following a brief period of processing.

Faced with the overwhelming numbers, the Border Patrol is at the breaking point. Up to 60 percent of its agents are being diverted from law enforcement duties to provide housing, food, and transportation of these migrants. Without help from Congress,  CBP Chief Operating Officer John P. Sanders said his agency would run out of money well before the fiscal year ends in September.

For more, see Breitbart News.

Meanwhile, on a possibly hopeful note, in spite of the Mexican president’s insistence that his country’s southern border would not be militarized,  a group of 350-400 migrants coming up from the south were met yesterday by armed police and troops at the border town of Metapa, in southern Mexico.  Dozens were detained, at least temporarily; the disposition of the remainder was uncertain.

Though in their public announcements Mexican officials play to their electorate, looking past the bluster and bravado, described in yesterday’s post, it is plain that the government does not want to see the imposition of Trump’s threatened tariff.  This latest toughening of Mexico’s policy may be such an indication.

For more, see Reuters.



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