Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen pleaded with Democrats to believe her last week. She issued her stark warning that the border crisis is “spiraling out of control” and that 900,000 apprehensions are expected by the year’s end.
Unfortunately, the border crisis is even worse than the staggering number of criminals, human traffickers, and drug dealers U.S. Border Patrol will arrest.
“Our nation is facing a dire humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border,” Nielsen reportedly told Congress.
In 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol only apprehended about 300,000 illegals. The catch rate dipped after President Trump took office, declaring a tightening of border security. However, the number more than doubled in 2018, skyrocketing to 683,000 as Democrats promoted sanctuary cities and fought in the courts to obstruct the Trump Administration from securing the border.
The frightening reality is that the high water mark for catching illegals is only about 85 percent. As the U.S. southern border is assaulted by an increasing number of large migrant groups and caravans that turn violent, the catch rate can only go down. When Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen tells Americans the crisis has reached critical mass, that assessment is solely based on the current decline in the nation’s current ability to secure the border. It can get far worse.
“In February, we saw a 30 percent jump over the previous month, with agents apprehending or encountering nearly 75,000 aliens,” Nielsen recently told Congress. “This is an 80 percent increase over the same time last year. And I can report today that CBP is forecasting the problem will get even worse this spring as the weather warms up.”
In all likelihood, more than 1 million illegals will attempt to breach the U.S.-Mexico border by the end of the year. That means more drugs, more sex trafficking and, sadly, more Gold Star mothers will weep for their murdered sons and daughters. These are terrifying statistics recently published by the Department of Homeland Security that highlight the crisis.
- More than 2,000 aliens are being apprehended every day at the Southern border.
- Border Patrol apprehended more than 268,000 individuals since the beginning of the fiscal year
- Border Patrol saw a 97 percent increase from the previous year.
- More than 300 percent increase in family units apprehended compared to last year.
- Unaccompanied alien children surged by 54 percent.
- More than 70 large groups of 100 or more tried to penetrate the border. There were only 13 last year.
While these eye-opening statistics seem to explain why President Trump declared a national emergency, they are just the tip of the iceberg. The number of hardened criminals and murderous gang members breaching the border has also escalated. These are the facts:
- ICE officers arrested 266,000 illegal immigrants with previous criminal records over the last two years.
- Of those arrested, crimes included 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 murders.
- Texas jails housed upwards of 276,000 criminal aliens from June 1, 2011, to December 31, 2018.
- An estimated 300 Americans have died from heroin overdoses. Almost 90 percent of heroin is trafficked across the U.S.-Mexico border.
- Customs and Border Patrol recently seized enough fentanyl at the southern border to kill 115 million Americans.
- More than 28,000 Americans died from fentanyl overdoes in 2018.
- Fentanyl trafficking at the U.S.-Mexico border has reportedly doubled over the past year.
- Customs and Border Patrol made more than 1,000 sex trafficking arrests in 2018.
- Gang arrests at the border, including the deadly MS-13 organization, increased by 50 percent in 2018.
After Congress failed to pass comprehensive immigration reform and fund the completion of the U.S. southern border wall, President Trump was forced to declare a national emergency based on the facts. The response from politicians elected to act in our best interest has been to create legislation that would bar the president from acting and open the floodgates to more illegal immigration.
The Democrat-controlled U.S. House passed a resolution, 245-182, to stop the president from addressing the crisis by diverting $5.7 billion to build approximately 200 miles of wall requested by Homeland Security. The Senate is expected to pass it as well before President Trump stands his ground and vetoes the attempt to obstruct national security.
The notion that congressional leaders can come together to work against American interests is shocking, to say the least. Besides the reality that illegals drain taxpayer resources, steal work from low-income families that results in American poverty, illegal immigration is a direct and discernable threat to everyday people. There are already too many Gold Star Mothers.