Published: Sat, June 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Migrant detentions at border in May highest since 2007

Migrant detentions at border in May highest since 2007

US immigration officials - burdened with rules and regulations designed for Mexican male nationals traveling alone - are unable to deal with the influx of families and children from the Northern Triangle region of Central America.

May's apprehension numbers are not only the highest in the current fiscal year, but the highest in well over a decade.

Government inspectors last week announced they found one 125-person facility in El Paso, Texas, to have had 700 people one day and 900 another day.

He said on June 4 alone, CBP apprehended more than 4,100 people and had 19,293 people in custody.

Now, most border crossers are from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, as those countries have been wracked by gangs, violence, and poverty.

The number of people entering the USA from Mexico illegally has skyrocketed, with more than 144,000 detained or turned away just last month. Many are expected to eventually request asylum. "For the first time in Border Patrol history, almost half of the adults we apprehended in April brought children".

Customs and Border Protection released official apprehension numbers made by Border Patrol in May, revealing that the illegal immigration crisis is continuing to escalate.

The legislation, which is 11-pages long, allows federal immigration authorities to keep families together in detention centers for 100 days, allows for unaccompanied alien children to be swiftly returned home to their families, reforms the asylum system and clarifies asylum standards for "credible fear" in order to cut down on rampant abuse.

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CBP is now housing some 19,000 migrant detainees, more than three times beyond what authorities consider a crisis level, officials said.

He's also threatened to impose a 5% tariff on Mexican products if authorities there don't curb migration from Central America.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials expect this trend to continue as more migrants choose to make the journey to the USA during the summer months.

Despite the increase in apprehensions of those two specific demographics, historically, apprehensions at the U.S. -Mexico border remain at levels not seen since fiscal year 2006, when agents apprehended a total of 1,071,972 immigrants.

About 200 Mexican police and immigration agents blocked the advance of about 1,000 Central American migrants on a southern highway on Wednesday.

Officials said they don't expect a traditional decline in migration due to hotter summer weather this year.

"The message continues to be 'Bring a child, and you'll be released, '" said Brian Hastings, chief of law enforcement operations for Border Patrol.

Family unit apprehensions jumped dramatically last month, continuing a trend: Border Patrol apprehended some 84,500 migrants in family units in May, a 44% increase over the number of families caught at the border in April and more than triple the number of those apprehended in November.

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