The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency, charged with the disposition of illegal border crossers following their apprehension in the U.S., has all but thrown up its collective hands in response to the overwhelming migrant crisis on the border. On Saturday, Acting Commissioner John P. Sanders issued a press release confirming that the agency is transporting hundreds of families, by bus and plane, from “severely overcrowded processing facilities to less-crowded stations along the Southwest border.”
In practice, this amounts to dropping migrant families off–dozens, even hundreds at a time–at bus stations in southwestern towns, such as San Bernardino, California.
They cannot be deported because they’re “asylum” seekers, supposedly fleeing violence in their home countries. They cannot be housed traditionally because they are “families,” i.e. adults accompanied by minor children that may or may not be theirs. Government shelters for such “families” are full. They have to be somewhere, while they theoretically await a court appearance that may never happen, a favorable ruling that is not likely to happen, and a deportation following an unfavorable ruling that will almost certainly never happen.
They are “in.” In the U.S. For good.
But where in the U.S.? For now, thanks to a hapless and thoroughly overwhelmed system, they are at bus stations somewhere, awaiting anyone, to pick them up and take them somewhere else, anywhere else, because thousands more are coming right behind them, all of whom have to be dumped somewhere.
The Border Patrol has apprehended a half million such migrants so far this year. As of Friday, 16,000 were in custody. That means the vast majority of the remainder have been processed and turned loose, and are now being dropped at random bus stations, for dispersal throughout America.
But wait. There’s more. Not all migrants are detected. Some, at least a third, get past the Border Patrol and make their own way, without benefit of government transportation. If a half million therefore makes up only two thirds of the total, that means 750,000 new illegal immigrants are now in America, in less than five months.
The flood is here, and we are drowning in it.
For more on the San Bernardino story, see San Bernardino Sun.