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Illegal Border Crossings Spiked to Record Levels in May

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The U.S. Customs and Border Protection released its numbers for May. And they are disturbing.

Last month, more than 144,000 migrants along the U.S. southern border were apprehended or immediately found to be inadmissible. That is a record for the agency and a 32% increase over April’s numbers.

Of those, almost 133,000 crossed the border illegally.

“We are in a full blown emergency, and I cannot say this stronger: the system is broken,” John Sanders, the acting Customs and Border Protection commissioner, said.

CBP May 2019

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The spike in migrants from Northern Triangle countries — Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador — continued to climb, as May was the third consecutive month that more than 100,000 migrants were apprehended.

Of those caught entering illegally — more than 132,000 — 84,000 were traveling as a family unit, 36,000 were single adults and 11,000 were unaccompanied children.

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That brings the total number of illegal crossings this year to 610,000.

Already this year, CBP has encountered 182 large groups, which are defined as having more than 100 people. “They’ve only increased as the fiscal year has gone,” Brian Hastings, chief of law enforcement operations, said.

A staggering 593,507 apprehensions have already occurred on the border this year.

Border Apprehensions FY 2019

The number of inadmissibles at the southern border now totals 82,808 for 2019.

Border Inadmissibles 2019

President Donald Trump is continuing to encourage Mexico to ramp up its efforts to stopping the illegals surging across the border.

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“Mexico, you know, wants to make a deal,” Trump said Wednesday to a group of reporters in Ireland. “They have their entire delegation right now going over to probably the White House location to negotiate with our people.”

“The drugs that are coming in, the people that are coming in unchecked, they’re swamping our border,” Trump said. “They’re coming up by the millions. Mexico can stop it. They have to stop it. Otherwise, we just won’t be able to do business. It’s a very simple thing.”

The crisis at the border is obvious. The left wants to deny a crisis exists — until the left admits that it does. The left is effectively refusing to help turn off the water faucet, but then screaming at Trump for the sink getting full.

Whatever crisis exists, it is primarily one of sustainability. And the solution is primarily one of securing the southern border and then addressing the illegal immigrants who are present.

Until there can be a consensus that the current influx of illegal aliens is unacceptable, the problem will not only continue but increase exponentially so.

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G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal.
G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal and vice president of digital content of Liftable Media.

After graduating law school from the Cecil C. Humphries School of Law, Mr. Hair spent a decade as an attorney practicing at the trial and appellate level in Arkansas and Tennessee. He represented clients in civil litigation, contractual disputes, criminal defense and domestic matters. He spent a significant amount of time representing indigent clients who could not afford private counsel in civil or criminal matters. A desire for justice and fairness was a driving force in Mr. Hair's philosophy of representation. Inspired by Christ’s role as an advocate on our behalf before God, he often represented clients who had no one else to fight on their behalf.

Mr. Hair has been a consultant for Republican political candidates and has crafted grassroots campaign strategies to help mobilize voters in staunchly Democrat regions of the Eastern United States.

In early 2015, he began writing for Conservative Tribune. After the site was acquired by Liftable Media, he shut down his law practice, moved to Arizona and transitioned into the position of site director. He then transitioned to vice president of content. In 2018, after Liftable Media folded all its brands into The Western Journal, he was named executive editor. His mission is to advance conservative principles and be a positive and truthful voice in the media.

He is married and has four children. He resides in Phoenix, Arizona.
Birthplace
South Carolina
Education
Homeschooled (and proud of it); B.A. Mississippi College; J.D. University Of Memphis
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Culture, Faith, Politics




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