FROM THE BORDER – The border reached its breaking point this week, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commission Kevin McAleenan. McAleenan slammed back against liberal media outlets with cold hard facts on the overwhelming statistics of migrants illegally entering into the U.S.
The unprecedented humanitarian and security crisis along the Mexico-U.S. border has pushed law enforcement agents over the top. Over 1,000 migrants crossed illegally into the U.S., and there were not enough agents to respond.
“The breaking point has arrived,” McAleenan said late Wednesday. “We are doing everything we can to simply avoid a tragedy in a CBP facility,” McAleenan said. “But with these numbers, with the types of illnesses we’re seeing at the border, I fear that it’s just a matter of time.”
McAleenan said CBP is on track for more than 100,000 apprehensions, many of whom are seeking asylum. Nevertheless, the amount of family units and unaccompanied children claiming asylum after setting foot on U.S. soil is “straining the resources of the Border Patrol facilities, which were designed primarily for single men and are far beyond their official capacity.”
Just this week CBP had to redirect 750 blue-uniformed agents who are normally stationed at busy checkpoints to help with the processing and care of migrant caravans. With the warmer months approaching border patrol agents are preparing for an expected 150,000 immigrants to cross illegally each month.
House Judiciary Committee member Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said Democrats are playing politics with border security.
Washington Rep. Adam Smith said Trump was attempting to use the Pentagon as a “piggy bank” to fund a border wall. Smith made no mention of the record-breaking illegal immigrants crossing into the U.S., or the numerous drug cartels who control the land in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California.
In February, Trump formally declared a national emergency to divert funds for the construction of the border wall. And in early March he passed his first veto to reject a resolution passed by the House and Senate rejecting the emergency declaration.
Trump has worked to keep his campaign promise of securing the southern border. This morning he pushed back against Democrats on Twitter.
Mexico is doing NOTHING to help stop the flow of illegal immigrants to our Country. They are all talk and no action. Likewise, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador have taken our money for years, and do Nothing. The Dems don’t care, such BAD laws. May close the Southern Border!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2019
Numerous officials continue to rely that the U.S. has hit a breaking point along the border, including the Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen who this week was in Texas meeting with border patrol, sheriffs, and other officials on the crisis.
Texas attorney general Ken Paxton confirmed his state is overwhelmed at the border in a recent interview with Fox Business. Paxton knows more must be done at the border because illegal immigrants know the message the U.S. is sending – “Come on in because we can’t stop you.”
According to a report by ABC News, and The Hill, border patrol officials estimate the number of migrants apprehended or turned away at the southern border could reach 1 million by the end of the year.
Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to national PACs. Follow her AIM border stories, @MarissaAlisa.