Local authorities in El Paso, Texas continued their struggle with members of the ‘migrant caravan’ illegally crossing the border this week; saying officials are unable to cope with upwards of 600 immigrants arriving on a daily basis.
“Federal agencies have re-directed agents to deal with a growing wave of migrants and the president is threatening to close the border. Meanwhile, local shelters face a daily dilemma: 500 to 600 new arrivals who need somewhere to go,” reports the Texas Tribune.
“Most of the migrants are Central American families and unaccompanied minors, and their numbers have grown by 340 percent — about 136,150 family units were apprehended on the southwest border between October and February,” adds the article.
“While only legislation can fix this crisis in the long term, we cannot wait for Congress to act,” said DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
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BORDER CRISIS: Federal Agents Arrest FOUR HUNDRED Migrants in FIVE MINUTES near El Paso
Federal Border Patrol Agents continued to crackdown on illegal immigration and human trafficking along the US-Mexico border this week; detaining a stunning 400 migrants in just five minutes near El Paso, Texas.
“U.S. Border Patrol agents working in El Paso apprehended two large groups of illegal immigrants consisting of over 400 people within five minutes. These groups, like many others before, are comprised primarily of Central American families and unaccompanied juveniles,” said an official statement from US Customs and Border Protection.
“In the early morning hours of March 19, agents encountered the first group of 194 illegal crossers at approximately 2:45 a.m. The group was encountered by agents at the border wall just west of Bowie High School. Just five minutes later at 2:50 a.m., agents working farther west encountered a second group of 252 people who crossed illegally near Downtown El Paso,” adds the statement.
The detentions come weeks after President Trump declared a “national emergency” along the US-Mexico border; effectively bypassing Congress to secure funding for his long-promised “border wall.”
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BORDER CRISIS: Federal Agents Detained 27,518 Migrants in December Alone
President Trump highlighted the escalating crisis occurring along the US-Mexico border during his prime-time speech Tuesday night, with new data showing federal agents detained 27,518 migrants in December alone.
“Border Patrol agents apprehended 27,518 members of family units in December, the highest monthly total on record. That figure has steadily been climbing now for five months,” writes USA Today.
“Those caravan members, most of whom have been trying to exercise their legal right to request asylum in the U.S., contributed to a third straight month of more than 60,000 migrants being detained at U.S. ports of entry and arrested in the vast stretches of border in between,” adds the article.
Leading Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer flat-out refused to acknowledge the national security issue along the southern border Tuesday; saying President Trump had “manufactured a crisis” and was “stoking fear” for political purposes.
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