Dean James at Right Wing Tribune
U.S Border Patrol Chief of Law Enforcement Operations Brian Hastings says that his agency has apprehended more than 30,000 illegal immigrants on the southern border in the past 10 days.
“This is a challenge unlike any we’ve ever faced before,” he said.
“We’re up to 474,000 arrests so far this fiscal year, and just the last 10 days alone, 33,000 arrests for us,” he added.
“So, our facilities were not designed to handle this type of flow or more importantly, this demographic – about 63 percent being family units and UACs, or unaccompanied alien children.”
Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost tweeted:
“#BorderPatrol agents are arresting more & more family units every day. These numbers are unsustainable & the system is beyond capacity. Despite measures to increase capacity with additional temp facilities, #USBP has had to release overflow into the communities as a last resort.”
#BorderPatrol agents are arresting more & more family units every day. These numbers are unsustainable & the system is beyond capacity. Despite measures to increase capacity with additional temp facilities, #USBP has had to release overflow into the communities as a last resort. pic.twitter.com/vnUY21pw2M
— USBPChief (@USBPChief) May 4, 2019
The Arizona Republic reports that U.S. officials announced in March they had released 84,500 migrant family members since Dec. 21.
The government released 14,500 migrants into the Phoenix area, while 37,500 were set free into south Texas. Immigration officials also sent 24,000 illegal immigrants to El Paso, Texas, and 8,500 to San Diego, The DCNF reported.
“As I’ve said before, we’re being overwhelmed right now,” Hastings said.
He also criticized current immigration law and said there must be a consequence for entering the U.S. illegally.
“Our facilities just simply weren’t designed to handle this type of flow or this demographic,” Hastings continued. “And so with that, we have had to look at for the safety of our agents and for those that we detained, releasing process non-criminal family units, which we don’t want to do. We want to apply a consequence, but with the outdated laws we simply cannot apply a consequence with what we have right now.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection opened two temporary facilities on the Texas border with Mexico as part of the ongoing response to the border security and humanitarian crisis along the Southwest border.
The temporary facilities are located in El Paso and Donna, Texas, near McAllen. CBP’s Office of Facilities and Asset Management established the soft-sided structures in response to the unprecedented number of families and unaccompanied children from non-contiguous countries illegally crossing the border.
“Our officers and agents are encountering a record number of families and children on the Southwest border and the U.S. Border Patrol’s facilities are stretched beyond capacity,” said John P. Sanders, senior official performing the functions and duties of commissioner. “I have seen first-hand the dedication and compassion of our frontline personnel who need additional resources to respond to this unprecedented humanitarian crisis. These temporary facilities are necessary to care for and transition those in our custody into the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Health and Human Services.”
The temporary, soft-sided facilities will each accommodate up to 500 individuals in CBP custody. They are weatherproof and climate-controlled, and provide areas for eating, sleeping, recreation and personal hygiene.
The $36.9 million contract, which has a four-month base period with four one-month options, provides for shower trailers, chemical toilets and sinks, laundry trailers, sleeping mats, kitchen equipment, personal property storage boxes, office space, interior and perimeter closed circuit television, lockers, security, power and HVAC services.