Every day the numbers grow.
A Catholic relief center in McAllen, Texas, reports that whereas they had been accustomed to handling 200-300 migrants per day, that number has now shot up to 800.
The month of March is on target to record 100,000 apprehensions on the southwest border, the most in a decade. As we’ve noted here many times, the demographics of today’s migrants are far different than those of 10 and more years ago. Back then, most were young males. Today, most are family units (or at least individuals designed to appear so; fraud is rampant), consisting of one or more adults and one or more minor children. Such units require special treatment, and it is their requirements that are overloading the system, requiring Border Patrol and ICE to release them back into the U.S.
Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan visited El Paso on Wednesday, saying, “The breaking point has arrived.” He reported that, currently, Border Patrol had in excess of 13,400 persons in custody, whereas even 6000 would constitute a crisis. “Thirteen thousand is unprecedented.” On a single day (Monday), more than 4000 migrants were apprehended. The next day, 4100 were apprehended, breaking a one-day record.
McAleenan went on to describe in detail the nature of the crisis–the crime, abuse, disease, expense, the Congressional failures and judicial overreach, and the sheer overwhelming number of persons. He pleaded with Congress to address the crisis, to provide much needed resources to deal with the situation, and to amend the laws to help bring the numbers down.
For his part, on Friday in a series of tweets, President Trump had this to say, addressing the government of the country through which the migrants come:
If Mexico doesn’t immediately stop ALL illegal immigration coming into the United States through our Southern Border, I will be CLOSING … the Border, or large sections of the Border, next week.
As usual, of course, critics rose up in a chorus to condemn the idea, and meanwhile, the crisis continues.
You can hear Commissioner McAleenan’s remarks at the USA Today website.