The apprehension of illegal border crossers by Border Patrol agents jumped 31 percent in May from the previous month. The jump follows a six-month decline in apprehensions after the election of President Donald Trump. The increase comes as Border Patrol agents report “catch and release” programs are quietly continuing. While still down significantly from the peak in October 2016, Border Patrol agents apprehended 14,535 illegal immigrants along the southwestern U.S. border with Mexico in May. That number is up from the 17-year low number of 11,126 reported in April. Since 2014, the number of apprehensions has increased from April to May. The numbers of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) jumped a startling 50 percent from April to May (997 to 1,493). During the same period, Family Unit Alien (FMUA) apprehensions jumped by 41 percent from 1,118 in April to 1,577 in May. Of the nine Border Patrol sectors along the U.S. southwest border, the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector continues to lead in the numbers of total apprehensions, accounting for nearly half of the 46,183 apprehensions since October 1, 2016. The next closest sector is the Tucson Sector at 5,925. The RGV sector also leads in UAC and FMUA apprehensions. So far this year, 4,082 UACs have been apprehended in South Texas while 8,718 FMUAs were apprehended. The El Paso Sector came in second place in both UAC and FMU apprehensions (621 and 1,482 respectively). Border Patrol agents believe the resurgence can be attributed to the Trump Administration’s quiet continuation of the Obama “catch and release” program.
Let’s hope that’s not true! With Pres. Trump’s comments during his campaign, and since he’s become President, along with the fact that we have a pit-bull in AG Jeff Sessions, there is NO reason these numbers should be up…other than maybe because we’re in the summer months. That said… Please consider this today’s glaring, and depressing, example of why it is STILL absolutely critical that we BUILD THE WALL NOW!!!!…and put U.S. Army National Guard troops physically ON the border with Mexico to prevent would-be crossers from setting one foot on U.S. soil. After all, once they do, then they get all sorts of legal protections that we-the-actual-citizens end up paying for. Anyway, those Army Guard troops need to remain on the border until that wall/fence is finally built above, and below (to prevent tunneling) ground….however long it takes. Simultaneously, we need to be deporting illegals already here by the hundreds of thousands (and yes, you read that correctly), paying particular attention to known gang members, convicted criminal aliens, and those already determined by an immigration judge to be deported…regardless of age or gender. To do anything less is not in our country’s national security, and economic, interests. And, that’s just the bare minimum, folks. Congress needs to get off its butt and do it’s part as well. With a GOP majority in both chambers of Congress, and Pres. Trump in the White House, there is NO reason that they can’t pass legislation like Bill O.’s so-called “Kate’s Law,” etc. Now is the time to write your member of Congress,, and BOTH U.S. Senators and urge them to fully fund construction of a border wall, and to pass “Kate’s Law.” Those are things WE can do; put heat on Congress.