Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Border Surge Continues as Obama’s Presidency Dwindles

At Fair 

Unaccompanied alien minors (UAMs) and “family units,” primarily from Central America, are surging across the Southern border at record rates in the waning days of Barrack Obama’s presidency. New Border Patrol apprehension statistics paint an alarming picture: 15,573 family units and 7,406 UAMs were apprehended in November. (CBP Southwest Border Apprehensions) The number of UAMs apprehended is up slightly from the 6,722 in October but significantly higher than the 5,604 apprehended last November. (Id.) In fact, the November 2016 UAM apprehensions is the highest number since the surge peaked in the summer of 2014. (Id.) November’s family unit apprehensions set a record high (up from October’s 13,118 apprehensions) and is more than twice the 6,471 apprehensions from last November. (Id.)

The sustained surge in unlawful border crossings is overwhelming border patrol agents. Earlier this month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that it is opening a temporary holding facility near the Donna-Rio Bravo International Bridge (16 miles east of Hildalgo, Texas) to help handle the flow. (CBP Press Release, Dec. 7, 2016) This facility can handle about 500 people and will “remain open pending any changes in the volume of people arriving at the ports of entry or crossing the border between the ports in the South Texas area.” (Id.) In a statement, Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor Commander Manuel Padilla, Jr. said, “This effort is designed to minimize the impact to border security operations while fulfilling our humanitarian efforts.” (Id.)

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