For months, President Donald Trump and members of his administration have been calling the situation at the southern border a crisis, as tens of thousands of migrants flood across the border. Now, the top official on border security is backing up that claim with new stats. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan reported this week that more than 1% of the entire populations of Guatemala and Honduras has entered the United States since September. McAleenan told a conference in Washington D.C. that these mass border crossings are "both a security and humanitarian crisis," adding "the situation is not sustainable."
Brandon Darby, who covers border issues and national security for Breitbart, tells KTRH the numbers aren't that surprising when you consider that most of them are not traditional illegal immigrants, but those making asylum claims. "People are trying to get away from violence, people are trying to get away from economic systems where there are no jobs, and there are no jobs ultimately because of the violence and corruption in the drug trade," he says. "So we're going to ultimately have to take a different stance on how we deal with cartels and how we deal with organized criminal groups."
While President Trump continues to tout increased border security and building a wall on the southern border, Darby believes solving this crisis will also require changing U.S. asylum laws, which were put in place in the days of Nazi Germany. "I don't think people realized that at some point, entire nations south of our border who have bad economies and are overridden with crime, would then show up and utilize those laws," he says. "As long as we have those (asylum) policies, and the situations in Central American nations are what they are, we're going to continue to have this problem."