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Border crisis: May apprehensions set records, demonstrate a ‘full-blown emergency’

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has released the latest statistics for border apprehensions in the month of May, reporting another massive surge in migrant individuals and families attempting to enter the United States illegally.

CBP released statistics Wednesday showing that more than 144,000 migrants were taken into custody, marking a 32-percent spike from last month and more than double the average monthly numbers reported from October to February.

Acting CBP Commissioner John Sanders has described the latest numbers as “a full-blown emergency.” He added, “I cannot say this stronger: the system is broken.”

“I’ve never seen anything like this in the 24 years I’ve been doing this job,” Brian Hastings, the Border Patrol’s operations chief, told the Washington Post.

There is a high likelihood that the May statistics set another new record for unique apprehensions, in addition to the documented records for family and child apprehensions in the May data. In the mid-2000s, statistics were inflated due to the same individuals and groups of migrants attempting to get into the United States multiple times.

Conservative Review has reported regularly on the eye-popping statistics stemming from the border crisis. This includes the fact that over one percent of the population of multiple Central American countries has attempted to illegally enter the United States.

President Trump and other U.S. officials have taken to describing the situation at the border as an “invasion,” citing the need for new policies and funding to stop the nonstop entry of illegal aliens into the United States.

Meanwhile, Congress continues to appear entirely uninterested in solving the crisis at the border. The latest House Homeland Security bill provides zero additional funding for Border Patrol agents, Border Patrol checkpoints, or bolstering the barriers at the southern border, according to Roll Call.

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