EL PASO, TX (American Greatness) – The El Paso Times reports today that in the past two mornings, border officers took more than 12,000 migrants into custody along the border, [U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin K.] McAleenan said.
“A high number is 4,000-6,000 is crisis level,” McAleenan said. “12,000 is unprecedented. On Monday, we saw the highest total of apprehensions and encounters in years, with over 4,000 in a single day.”
This is not really a surprise.
Some perspective: Our projection for March is 82,500 based on January and February 2019 data. Our latest outlook based on available March weekly data is 104,000. Last year came in at 37,400.
A pace of 6,000 per day for April would represent 180,000 for the month versus our projection based on January and February of 85,000. Last year was 38,200.
The takeaway here is not only that the situation at the border is bad, but that it is deteriorating at an alarming pace.
Flip it over and consider the situation from the migrants’ point of view. Getting into the US has gotten harder, and the payments of up to $11,000-$17,000 to cover human smuggling and cartel fees are simply unaffordable to the vast majority of low income Northern Triangle citizens who earn $1/hour. Therefore, the passage of the January omnibus bill, which gave migrants with children a free pass into the US and reduced the family detention bed count, is like winning the lottery. It is a Black Friday sale on US residency.