Brand new apprehension numbers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirm border emergency

The left continues to maintain that President Trump is just wrong about an emergency at the southern U.S. border but the latest numbers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection should riddle their narrative with some more holes.

New numbers released by the agency showed that a staggering 3,700 people were apprehended along the southwest border – and that was just on Tuesday.

CBP called it the “largest single day total in more than a decade” in a tweet Tuesday.

Projecting the numbers for the rest of 2019 based on the astonishing numbers for March paint an even more alarming picture, with CBP estimating 100,000 people will cross the border in the year and that number includes 35,000 children.

The president vetoed a Democrat-backed measure to cancel his national emergency declaration and House Democrats failed to override that veto on Tuesday. And “Christmas came early this week” as Donald Trump Jr. noted, celebrating the Pentagon’s authorization of $1 billion of new border wall funding.

Just two weeks ago, CBP San Diego posted videos showing just what agents are facing while Democrats dismiss their appeals and denounce Trump for fear-mongering. One video, from March 14 showed 52 Central American migrants who illegally came through a fence in Imperial Beach, California.  Following a “2-hour foot chase,” they were apprehended and actually claimed asylum.

Another video showed a human smuggler dropping two young girls over the border behind razor wire and as agents moved to respond, 10 others cut through illegally and were not captured.

Earlier this month, more than 700 people were apprehended by Border Patrol in El Paso, Texas – the area where former Rep. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke said should have no fencing at all.

CBP broke down the demographics of those being apprehended at the border, noting that “up until 2011, 90% of the people that came across the border were single adults” and that 90 percent were from Mexico in 2008.

But now those crossing the southern border into the U.S. illegally are mostly family units and unaccompanied children.

Border Patrol continues to echo the president’s warnings that they are experiencing a “humanitarian crisis” at the southern border that is “overwhelming.”

At a Customs and Border Protection press conference with Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan on Wednesday in El Paso, the impact of the staggering increase in illegal crossings was discussed.

“Changes in the law and closing the vulnerabilities in our legal framework is the only way that this flow is going to be reduced,” McAleenan said.

Frieda Powers


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