Similar to the summer of 2014, a tsunami of immigrants is making its way across the southern border of the United States bringing additional problems for already overwhelmed health, law enforcement, and economic structures.
While politicians discuss the future of terrorism, border protection and illegal immigrants, Texas Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol figures show that in the past month, alien apprehensions have increased 150 percent over the same period last year. The total number of children without adults caught by agents has more than doubled. But this flood of immigrants brings new challenges and harm to Americans according to some officials.
Texas Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) told a San Antonio news radio station Monday that the country needs to begin now deciding on a plan to handle the massive amount of refugees coming across the border.
“They are going to try to short circuit that wait of 18 to 24 months,” Cuellar stated on News Radio 1200 WOAI. “They will come in here, make their claim, and if there is nothing to hold them, they will be released.”
For the last two years over 412,000 immigrants have been caught crossing the Rio Grande River by agents from just the Rio Grande Sector. The frightening piece is that this figure is just a tip of the iceberg since this is just the known total. National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd, in testimony before the House Oversight Committee earlier this month described the conditions bluntly.
“There are those who will point to lower apprehension rates and tell you the border is secure,” Judd affirmed. “Border Patrol agents, however, throughout this nation will tell you the border is not secure and the southwest border certainly is not safe.”
When asked by the Committee’s chairman, Jason Chaffetz, (R-Utah) about how much control the government has that is ready and capable of deterring or capturing illegal activity on the U.S. side of the Mexican border, Judd replied, “we would be lucky if we’re 40 percent.”
Evidence presented revealed that out of every five illegal aliens apprehended along the border in 2014, at least one had a criminal record. Almost half of those deported had aggravated felonies. To make matters worse for the action and morale of law enforcement across the nation, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund reports as of Sept. 10, 2015, since Aug. 1, 2015, 16 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty.
In the past few weeks, Cuellar, Border Patrol agents and other law enforcement officials revealed some startling facts:
- Sonoita, Arizona- Agents caught two smugglers trafficking in five Pakistanis and one Afghan.
- Falfurrias, Texas- Agents apprehended 11 illegal immigrants hidden among a load of vegetables in a refrigerated truck last Saturday. At least one could be from the Middle East.
- Laredo, Texas-two different groups of Syrians, after sneaking across the border gave themselves up to Border Patrol officers seeking political asylum.
While the Obama administration, politicians and some mainstream media attempt to paint a picture of improvement along the border, Border Patrol released information shows the number of illegal immigrants crossing into New Mexico and portions of West Texas increased by over 8 percent from the last fiscal year.
This region, known formally as the El Paso sector, experienced patrol agents apprehending more than 11,200 people in the fiscal year that ended July 31. This compares to almost 10,400 taken into custody in the 2014, when the nation experienced the flood of immigrants peaking during the summer months. The numbers show 827 families were detain in 2015 fiscal year, versus 490 last year in just that region.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently admitted that only 36 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border has effective double fencing. That came in response to a letter sent to the agency by Senate Judiciary Committee Member, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). DHS also said that 66% of the border had no fencing at all. The agency said:
- 1,300 miles have no fencing (66.5%)
- 299.8 miles have vehicle fence (15.3%)
- 316.6 miles of pedestrian fence (16.2%)
- 36.3 miles of double-layer fencing (.02%)
- The current total for primary fencing to be 352.9 miles. 316.6 single layer plus 36.3 miles of double layer = 352.9 miles of primary fencing.