Flood of Illegal Migrants to the Border Outpaces Last Two Years with 1.1M Expected in Fiscal Year 2019
Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, July 31, 2019
Federal law enforcement based on the U.S.-Mexico border are expected to encounter 1.1 million people trying to cross illegally by the end of the fiscal year Sept. 30, despite Mexico’s assistance stopping migrants on their journey north.
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson forecast the 1.1 million figure during a committee hearing Tuesday based off the number of people arrested for illegally entering between border crossings and those who presented at ports of entry but were deemed ineligible for admittance.
This year’s number has already surpassed the 683,178 encountered both at ports of entry and between ports in fiscal 2018.
This fiscal year, nearly half a million children who traveled alone or people who arrived with a family member have been taken into custody.
“Given this flow, no one should be surprised that Border Patrol stations are well beyond their capacity,” he said in a statement after the event. “Rather than point fingers at the brave men and women of DHS, who have done their best with the limited resources we have provided them, members of Congress should be acting on legislation to solve the underlying problems.”
The numbers dropped from 132,000 arrests for illegal entry in May to 94,000 in June. Johnson credited Mexico for deploying thousands of National Guard nationwide to intercept and deport people found to be illegally present in the country and traveling north to the U.S. But it is also true that historically, fewer people have been apprehended from spring into summer because of the heat.