President Trump is looking to take bold action against the southern border between the United States and Mexico as he claims Central and South American countries are not doing enough to curb migrant influxes.
“Mexico is doing NOTHING to help stop the flow of illegal immigrants to our Country. They are all talk and no action,” Trump tweeted. “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!”
Politico reports a U.S. Customs and Border Protection has described the border situation as at a “breaking point”:
The president’s threat and his renewed gripes about Mexico and so-called Northern Triangle governments come as the number of migrant families arrested at the border soared this month, putting immigration officials at what U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan called a “breaking point.”
McAleenan postponed an appearance before Congress on Wednesday to travel to the border, where he said the Border Patrol is on pace to arrest more than 55,000 family members in the month of March, a more than 500 percent increase over 2018 arrest levels.
Detention capabilities at ICE facilities are so full that the immigration officials are forced to release some migrants to avoid over-crowding.
“For the first time in over a decade, CBP is performing direct releases of migrants when [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] is unable to provide bed space to relieve overcrowding,” McAleenan said via the Hill.
The Hill adds:
The comments came as the number of migrant families seeking asylum at the southern border has increased in recent months.
McAleenan added Wednesday that the influx is leading to overcrowding in CBP facilities, which he said is resulting in illnesses among migrants.
“We are doing everything we can to simply avoid a tragedy in a CBP facility,” he 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.”
“If we find that it gets to a level where we’re going to lose control or people are going to start getting hurt, we will close entry into the country for a period of time until we can get it under control,” he said on Thanksgiving.
Author: Lawrence Richard
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