CBP: At Least 150,000 Foreigners Entered U.S. Illegally This Year; Arrests At Border Double
Democrats claim there’s no problem at the border, but there’s a problem at the border.
More than 150,000 foreigners were able to elude capture at the border during 2019, border officials said Tuesday.
“These are numbers that no immigration system in the world can handle,” said Mark Morgan, acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency.
Morgan said the more than 150,000 number is a conservative estimate, since there’s no way to know for sure.
CBP agents arrested 851,508 border-crossers in the 2019 fiscal year, which ended in September. That’s more than twice as many arrested in FY2108, when agents apprehended fewer than 400,000 people.
A record 473,000 families were apprehended at the borders this fiscal year, Morgan said, a more than threefold increase over FY2018.
“They are profiting on the backs of this vulnerable population, and that’s why it’s still a crisis,” Robert Perez, deputy commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said at the press conference.
During a press conference in El Paso, Texas, Morgan said transnational criminal organizations “are taking full advantage of the humanitarian crisis, using families and kids as a diversion to get the bad people and drugs into our country. It’s happening every single day. Those drugs and those criminals are finding their way into every town and city in this country.”
Morgan said claims from liberals that there is “manufactured crisis” at the border are “not honest” and “misleading.”
“It’s 1,400 apprehensions a day. That’s still at crisis levels,” Morgan said.
And he said the news is even worse. “There is much more to this crisis,” he said. “Illicit narcotics are pouring into this country.”