The crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border continues to worsen. The stats on how many illegals are pouring into the country are truly astonishing.
What’s worse is the fact that our agencies that handle the processing and care of asylum-seekers, like ICE and various social services, are being stretched far beyond their capacity to adequately fulfill their duties. These agencies are pushing back, imploring the government to do something to shut down the continuous flow of illegals over the border, so that they can help those who are already overflowing their facilities.
President Trump has appealed directly to Congress, repeatedly, in an effort to get them to do something about the humanitarian crisis at the border.
Congress must get together and immediately eliminate the loopholes at the Border! If no action, Border, or large sections of Border, will close. This is a National Emergency!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2019
Some continue to point out how Democrat politicians have radically reversed their positions on the U.S.-Mexico border situation, just in the past couple of years, as an obvious concerted effort to obstruct Trump administration efforts to remedy the problem.
Remember how before the 2018 midterms Democrats agreed caravans headed to the border were a humanitarian crisis and emergency at the border?
Now when Trump says wall…they say it’s no emergency at all… nothing to see here.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) April 3, 2019
Breitbart covers just how critical the situation is at the southern border and for ICE, along with the mind boggling numbers of illegals who are being distributed throughout the U.S.
“According to newly obtained data by Breitbart News, DHS released about 17,065 border crossers and illegal aliens into the interior of the U.S. between March 21 and April 1, a mere 12-day period. Since December 21, 2018, DHS has released about 125,565 border crossers and illegal aliens into the interior of the country.
The Catch and Release process often entails federal immigration officials busing border crossers into nearby border cities and dropping them off with the promise that they will show up for their immigration and asylum hearings, sometimes years later. The overwhelming majority of border crossers and illegal aliens are never deported from the country once they are released into the U.S.
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The Catch and Release policy has strained ICE resources, forcing fewer arrests of illegal aliens living in the interior of the country in recent months.
At current rates, DHS is on track to release about 500,000 border crossers and illegal aliens into the interior of the U.S. by the end of this year. The mass release of border crossers has coincided with a surge of illegal immigration at the southern border, where about one to 1.5 million illegal aliens, in total, could arrive in the U.S. this year at current projections.”
Acting ICE Director Ron Vitiello spoke with Fox News about the U.S.-Mexico border crisis, adding just how taxed the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is.
“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ‘maxed out’ its detention capacity and is seeking more detention beds across the country, current acting ICE director Ron Vitiello said Thursday.
‘The system’s in a meltdown’ and getting worse every day, Vitiello told ‘America’s Newsroom.’
‘It’s an absolute crisis down there, it has humanitarian aspects, it has border security aspects, this policy can’t continue,’ he added.”
Also in the same piece from Fox News, Vitiello responds to 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, Julian Castro, who walked the usual party line claiming that those who cross the border illegally are not criminals.
“On Wednesday, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary and Democratic presidential candidate, Julian Castro, slammed those who said families coming to the southern border pose a national security threat to the U.S.
‘I don’t believe they are criminals, I don’t believe that they should be treated as criminals,’ Castro said while speaking at National Action Network’s annual convention in New York City.
‘If you cross the border illegally, that’s a crime in this country,’ Vitiello said in response. ‘We need to stop encouraging people with their children, to send their children to the border. There is a crisis down there. It’s not manufactured.'”
This is truly getting out of hand, and the fact that so many illegals are being bused further into the country is particularly unsettling. That very fact will serve as a beacon for scores more illegals to continue to pour into the U.S., further putting strain on ICE and social services.
Seeing as how the mainstream media have finally decided to characterize the situation at the border as a “crisis,” there may be greater opportunity for President Trump to put the screws to House and Senate Democrats to work with Republicans to come up with a comprehensive solution to this humanitarian problem.