John Daniel Davidson explains to readers of The Federalist the dire situation on America’s southern border today. With little to no help from their Mexican counterparts, American border patrol officers are tasked with stemming tidal wave of illegal immigrants attempting to cross into America. Davidson writes (abridged):
U.S. Customs and Border Protections on Wednesday released its numbers for May, and they are shocking. Border Patrol apprehended or turned away more than 144,000 people last month on the southwest border, including more than 100,000 families and children.
That exceeds by 32 percent the total for April, which had represented the highest number of monthly apprehensions since 2007. Over the past eight months, CBP has detained more than 680,000 illegal immigrants—or, as acting CBP Commissioner John Sanders put it, “more than the population of Miami.”
Far from historically low levels of illegal immigration, we’re on pace now to reach the record-high levels that were common in the early 2000s, when annual apprehensions often exceeded 1 million.
There’s no sign that this surge is letting up. Last week, a group of more than 1,000 migrants—by far the largest single group Border Patrol has ever encountered—crossed the Rio Grande in El Paso and surrendered to U.S. authorities. On average, Border Patrol apprehended more than 4,200 people a day last month.
Federal immigration officials have been warning that the border is “at the breaking point” for months now. Federal facilities are at or beyond capacity, as are shelters run by private charities up and down the border.
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