‘At a Breaking Point’: CBP Says Illegal Border Crossings Last Month Maxed Out Capacity

Monica Sanchez | March 6, 2019
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Contrary to the claim that border crossings are near “record lows,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection released data this week that shows apprehensions along the Southwest border in the month of February were the highest they have been in over a decade.

Seventy percent of illegals apprehended were from Central America.

In addition, the number of family units and unaccompanied minors attempting to cross has continued to rise throughout FY 2019.


CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said during a press conference on the data that, “this is clearly both a border security and a humanitarian crisis,” as “the system is well beyond capacity and remains at a breaking point.”

"These increases in traffic are a direct response from smugglers and migrants to the vulnerabilities in our legal system," he said.

The numbers are only expected to go up as summer approaches per seasonal trends. At this rate, the number of detentions could possibly reach six figures, as MRCTV reported.

This comes as the White House seeks support from Republicans in the Senate in anticipation of a vote on President Trump's national emergency declaration regarding the border, though it appears as though opposition to the declaration is growing and may potentially prevent Trump from using his veto power as he vowed to use. 

(Cover Photo: Flickr, Jonathan McIntosh)