Big surge in illegal children, families crossing the border
The Customs and Border Protection agency has released statistics on illegal alien border-crossing since the start of the fiscal year on October 1, and the numbers are worrying.
The number of illegal alien children crossing the border alone has gone up more than 100% over the same period last year, while the number of families trying to enter the country illegally has soared by 173%.
According to CPB, 106 percent more unaccompanied alien children (UAC) under the age of 17 were apprehended illegally crossing the southern border of the U.S. between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30, 2015 than during the same time a year ago.
Statistics released by the federal agency show that 10,588 UACs were apprehended at the nation’s southern border with Mexico compared to the first two months of FY2015, when 5,129 UACs were taken into custody.
The surge in unaccompanied minors was concentrated in two sectors – Big Bend in Texas and Yuma in Arizona– which both saw a more than 500 percent increase in the number of UACs crossing into the U.S. illegally. The El Paso sector was next, reporting a 250 percent increase.
The statistics also show an even larger surge in the number of family units apprehended at the border - a 173 percent increase so far in the first two months of FY2016.
According to statistics from FY2015 (Oct. 1 to Nov. 30, 2014) 4,577 family units were apprehended at the southwest border, compared to 12,505 during the same period in FY2016.
Three sectors – Big Bend, El Paso in Texas, and Yuma – saw more than a 500 percent increase in family unit apprehensions. “Family unit” is defined by CBP as either a parent or guardian with a child under 18 years old.
CBP also said that the Obama administration would be expanding its holding facilities to accommodate the latest surge in illegal immigration.
According to the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – the two federal agencies tasked with logistics for these illegal immigrants – bed capacity increased from 7,900 to 8,400 in November and the federal government “is preparing for temporary bed space in the event that additional beds are needed.”
Thousands of illegals who surged across the border in the last two years have already been released because of a court order filed by open borders advocates. Conditions are apparently not good in these holding facilities, and the slow pace of bringing the illegals before an immigration judge has led to a huge backlog. Hence, a judge ordered the illegals released pending a hearing before a judge.
But 75% of those released never show up for their hearings and simply melt into the population. So what is the administration response to this current surge? Build more detention facilities, which will eventually result in thousands more illegals being released.
If the definition of crazy is doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result, the administration is ready for a padded room.