Border Patrol chief reports huge numbers of illegal aliens apprehended at Southern Border
A US immigration official has reported that CBP agents have arrested over 30,000 illegal immigrants who have crossed the Southern Border in the last ten days alone.
Brian Hastings, Chief of Law Enforcement Operations for United States Border Patrol, says his agency has apprehended the huge amount of illegal aliens while other officials warn of the worsening crisis.
Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost has been posting updates on Twitter regarding the overwhelming number of migrants making their way to the US border, describing the situation as “unsustainable” and “beyond capacity.”
Provost says that temporary living facilities are experiencing crippling overflow, forcing the government to release illegal immigrants into local communities as a last resort.
#BorderPatrol agents are arresting more & more family units every day. These numbers are unsustainable & the system is beyond capacity. Despite measures to increase capacity with additional temp facilities, #USBP has had to release overflow into the communities as a last resort. pic.twitter.com/vnUY21pw2M
— USBPChief (@USBPChief) May 4, 2019
“This is a challenge unlike any we’ve ever faced before,” Hastings told “Fox & Friends” on Monday
“We’re up to 474,000 arrests so far this fiscal, and just the last 10 days alone, 33,000 arrests for us.
“So, our facilities were not designed to handle this type of flow or more importantly, this demographic — about 63 percent being family units and UACs, or unaccompanied alien children.”
In March, U.S. Border Patrol released 14,500 migrants into the Phoenix, Arizona area and 37,500 into south Texas, according to CDN.
They were also forced to release 24,000 illegal immigrants into El Paso, Texas, and 8,500 into San Diego, according to Fox News.
“As I’ve said before, we’re being overwhelmed right now,” Hastings said.
He also criticized current immigration law and said there must be a consequence for entering the U.S. illegally.
“Our facilities just simply weren’t designed to handle this type of flow or this demographic,” Hastings continued.
Increased migrant flows entering the US illegally means increased migrants in distress. #BorderPatrol agents are constantly performing rescues while performing the #BorderSecurity mission. Entering illegally creates risks for both the migrants, and my agents.#HonorFirst pic.twitter.com/QDD7noD7y2
— USBPChief (@USBPChief) May 5, 2019
“And so with that, we have had to look at for the safety of our agents and for those that we detained, releasing process noncriminal family units which we don’t want to do.
“We want to apply a consequence, but with the outdated laws we simply cannot apply a consequence with what we have right now.”