Thursday, March 28, 2019

U.S. has hit ‘breaking point’ at border amid immigration surge?


Kevin McAleenan, Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Nick Miroff and Maria Sacchetti in the Washington Post report the nation’s top border official warned that the U.S. immigration enforcement system along the nation’s southern boundary is at “the breaking point” and said Wednesday that authorities are having to release migrants into the country after cursory background checks because of a crush of asylum-seeking families with children. Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said that the "agency is `reluctantly' performing direct releases of migrants, meaning they are not turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, they are not detained, they are not given ankle bracelets to track their movements and they are allowed to leave with just a notice to appear in court at a later date."  McAleenan said that that it is “the only current option we have” because of overcrowding at detention facilities.

But, according to the Post report, apprehensions in February 2019 were at about 66,500 compared to over 220,000 in March 2000.   One can only wonder whether the border is truly at "a breaking point" or whether the claims are simply political theater.


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