Speaking recently, US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan addressed the ongoing issue of illegal immigration at the US-Mexico border, which he called “an unprecedented humanitarian and border security crisis.”
McAleenan shared some staggering numbers, including the rising number of would-be migrants detained in US custody after having entered the country illegally.
“We are now on pace for over 100,000 apprehensions and encounters with migrants in March,” explained McAleenan, pointing out that this March saw the highest levels of apprehensions since 2008.
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) March 27, 2019
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen echoed similar sentiments on Wednesday, stressing the point that the crisis at the southern border “has gone from a national emergency to a near system-wide meltdown.”
Make no mistake—our border crisis has gone from a national emergency to a near system-wide meltdown. We must be able to secure our borders AND protect vulnerable populations fleeing persecution. But we can’t do this effectively without action to fix our laws.
— Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen (@SecNielsen) March 27, 2019
The issue of security at the porous US-Mexico border has prompted numerous comments from law enforcement officials at a state and federal level, who have continued requesting lawmakers address the growing problem.
While President Trump and Republicans have repeatedly attempted to begin construction on his proposed border barrier, Democrats remain united in vehement opposition to any increases to existing security measures.