Number of immigrants detained trying to cross the U.S. border from Mexico soared to a RECORD 76,000 in February – an 100 PERCENT increase year-on-year

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
By Paul Martin

Number of undocumented immigrants stopped at the U.S. border with Mexico soared to 76,000 last month
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said Tuesday that the figure is the highest monthly level in years
It was also more than double the number of February 2018 and 3.2 times the number for February 2017
The number of migrant families and unaccompanied children crossing the southwest border also rose to nearly two-thirds of the total

DAILYMAIL.COM
6 March 2019

The number of undocumented immigrants stopped at the U.S. border with Mexico is breaking records after soaring to more than 76,000 last month, according to officials.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said Tuesday that the figure is the highest monthly level in years.

The number of migrant families and unaccompanied children crossing the southwest border also rose to nearly two-thirds of the total.

They are often crossing in large groups – there were 70 groups of more than 100 people in the past few months – before turning themselves in to authorities to request asylum, blunting the Trump administration’s tactics aimed at curbing the flow.

At 76,103, the number of people stopped at the border or detained after crossing was up sharply from the roughly 61,000 average for the previous three months, a surprising surge for what is usually a downturn in the coldest month of the year.

It was also more than double the number of February 2018 and 3.2 times the number for February 2017, the first full month after President Donald Trump took office promising to take aim at illegal immigration.

‘We are currently facing a humanitarian and national security crisis along our southwest border,’ CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said.

‘The vast increases in families and children coming across our border, in larger groups and in more remote areas, presents a unique challenge to our operations and facilities, and those of our partners.’

The new figures reflect the difficulties President Donald Trump has faced as he tries to cut down on illegal immigration, his signature issue. But it could also help him make the case that there truly is a national emergency at the border – albeit one built around humanitarian crises and not necessarily border security.

The Senate is expected to vote next week and join the House in rejecting his national emergency declaration aimed at building border walls, but Trump would almost certainly veto the measure and the issue is likely to be settled in the courts.

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