U.S. Customs and Border Protection says in the month of May they apprehended nearly 133,000 illegal immigrants at the southwest border, the highest total in 13-years.
Border Patrol stations have been overwhelmed and have been forced to construct temporary facilities to hold and process migrants.As CBS News reports, that since January 2019, “more than the entire population of Cleveland, O.H.” has been apprehended illegally entering the United States at the southern border.
An additional 11,400 illegals were deemed inadmissible at ports of entry.
A CBP Official says “we are in full-blown emergency."
The El Paso and Rio Grande Valley areas continue to see the largest influx of migrants — the vast majority of whom were unaccompanied minors or families from Central America who are seeking asylum in the United States.
Texas Tribune reports “About 49,880 migrants crossed the border in the Rio Grande Valley, a 35% increase over April. Another 38,630 came through the El Paso sector, which also includes New Mexico — a 43% jump since April; and about 8,560 crossed in the Del Rio sector, representing a 46% increase.From October, when the government’s fiscal year began, through the end of May, the number of migrant family-unit apprehensions in the El Paso sector increased by about 100,000 – about 2,100%, compared to the same time period during the 2018 fiscal year. In Del Rio, agents apprehended 15,600 more families from October to May compared to the same period in 2018, a spike of 1,034 percent.”